Spring term 2019 – 6 weeks: 22 April – 27 May 2019
Easter break: week 8th & 15th April
You’re welcome to join at any point during a term – don’t worry if you’ve missed some classes.
Due to bank holidays and St Paul’s church hall being partially refurbished please note a temporary timetable is in place for this term (then we’re back to normal):
1. Due to the bank holidays there are no Monday classes on 22 April, 6 May or 27 May
2. AerobicDanceFit moves from bank holiday Mondays to Thursday of the same week and into Holy Trinity Hall, Cookham: 7.30pm on Thursday 25 April, 9th May, 30th May
3. Due to the refurb at St Paul’s Hall:
- 29 April: 9.20am Energy Pilates/10.30am Energy Pilates for Tots classes will be held in Target Room, Bourne End Community Centre.
- 29 April: 7.30pm AerobicDanceFit will be in St Mark’s Church Hall, Bourne End
- All classes on Weds 1 and 8 May will be held in St Mark’s Church Hall, Bourne End.
My four class concepts offer something each week to suit the mood and needs of your mind and body and wellness goals:
Zen Pilates: is about gentle movement to stretch and unfurl the body working with the breath to remove tension and to create a mind body connection. You’ll be moving amongst tea lights, in a room infused with organic aromatherapy scents and relaxing ambient music playing. We learn breathing techniques for relaxation and there’s a guided relaxation at the end so you can float off to a deep restorative sleep.
Who is this class best for? Great for anyone wanting to alleviate tension and pressure in the body and mind. Perfect for all levels of fitness and experience as it’s low impact movement, plus adaptions are provided so you can work at a level that’s right for you. We really focus on the posture establishing great technique so particularly good for beginners.
Benefits: your body will feel long and strong and your mind will feel clear and calm. Quiet wakefulness is second only to deep sleep for allowing the body to recharge, you’ll float out of class having set yourself up for a great night’s sleep
Energy Pilates: uses the more dynamic Pilates moves to work each muscle group with a particular focus on a strong core and glutes – so important for flexibility and mobility particularly in the spine to prevent back and posture problems. We will strengthen, twist, reach and pulse for a full body workout that is great fun leaving you feeling strong, balanced and energised in both body and mind.
Benefits: the class is both invigorating and relaxing, you’ll feel you’ve worked hard physically and mentally – a great stress buster that works deeply into the muscles and joints. You’ll feel mobilised, balanced, strong, toned and flexible.
Who is this class best for? Again, lots of adaptions are provided so you can work at your own level of intensity in both standing and mat work so all levels of fitness and experience welcome.
Energy & Zen Pilates Fusion: This class is split equally between Energy and Zen – perfect for anyone needing the blend of re-charging and rebooting mind and body. The first half of the session has a more dynamic flow as we move through the Energising pilates moves to strengthen and tone before we shift the energy by changing the pace of the music, switching to candlelight, and infusing the room with aromatherapy scents for our relaxation session. The movements are now about deeply held stretches to lengthen and unfurl before we conclude with a mini guided relaxation session under blankets. Perfect to de-stress and improve quality of sleep.
Bootcamp (under 5s welcome in the room) – the key to this class is variety and pace in the individual sessions and week on week. We’ll work round a series of exercise stations where you do a quick burst of cardio or resistance movements (think star jumps, step ups, Russian twists) for 60 seconds before having a quick break and moving onto the next station. It’s fast, fun and action packed.
Who is the class best for? Anyone that wants to work hard but have fun. I have a mix of mum and dads and some without little ones. Parents are welcome to bring under 5s but take full supervision responsibilities – please bring whatever you need to entertain them.
Benefits: Each move is designed to target a different area of the body so your muscles have no where to hide! The time races by, you’ll leave feeling energised, strong and with so much to focus on it’s a mental holiday!
Energy Pilates for parents and tots (under 5s) An Energy Pilates class that mums and dads or carers can attend with tots incorporated (babies welcome in car seats and tots up to 4yrs old can join in). Please note this is not a post natal specific class, it’s a general exercise class designed to work with tots being able to join in. Mums need to be approved by a GP to exercise and be at least 12 weeks from having given birth.
Who is the class best for? Mums, dads or carers who want to workout during the day and need the freedom of being able to have their little ones joining in. It’s a great fun bonding experience whilst creating an opportunity to exercise in a supportive environment. Pilates based exercise is great for anyone getting back into fitness or already fit as the movements are low impact but work deeply in the body.
Benefits: an overall workout that improves balance, mobility and strength, plus a fun, relaxed experience to share with your little ones.
AerobicDanceFit – is an energetic mood boosting class that’s bursting with a fun combination of aerobic style dance moves set to uplifting music from around the world and across the decades – it just happens to be a full body workout too. Channel your 80s green goddess!
Who is this class best for? You certainly don’t need to be a dancer or even have any co-ordination – as all the moves are simple to follow and ‘if in doubt march it out!’. It can be quite bouncy but just take the bounce out and step it out if it’s too much.
Benefits: Get lost in the music and forget your doing a full body workout. Great fun and really gets the endorphins going.
With this unique mix of small classes and plenty of hands on support and encouragement you can avoid gruelling workouts and long-term membership fees and prioritise your wellness in a fun, relaxed, effective way.
Any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch, Laura x