Pilates mat/chair work group

Every Monday 12 noon to 1pm at St Christopher’s Hospice

Pilates is one type of group exercise class we run at St Christopher’s Hospice. The following information should answer some of the questions you may have about participating and whether this type of class is suitable for you.

If you are interested in this class, please speak to your homecare nurse, day centre nurse or give your name to the Anniversary Centre Coordinator. We will then contact you.

Our other group exercise classes include:

What is pilates?

Pilates is an adaptable and very flexible method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It was originally used for rehabilitation. It is now used more generally to maintain general health, heighten awareness of breathing, improve posture, strengthen, mobilise and stretch joints and muscles and increase body awareness, with gentle, manageable movement and exercises.

Who can attend?

The classes are open to everyone under the care of St Christopher’s.

What can I expect from each session?

Each session starts with a ‘body awareness’ warm up. This will be followed by a number of gentle exercises done in different positions, to work different muscles and joints. The class will end with a ‘closing’ phase that includes stretching and relaxation. Exercises may vary from week to week and may sometimes include standing exercises.

What are ‘traditional mat’ exercises?

A lot of the exercises will take place on the floor and are known as ‘traditional mat’ exercises.

What are ‘chair based’ exercises?

‘Chair based’ exercises are modified exercises done standing and/or seated.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and trainers or sensible shoes. What time should I arrive? If possible, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is due to start.

How often can I come?

We encourage you to attend every week for a nine week course to gain the most from the classes. You will then be given a home exercise programme.

What if I have other questions?

There will be opportunities to ask questions of the physiotherapist leading the group before and after each session. We will also discuss the whole process with you before you start attending classes.