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Yoga and pilates in Maidstone, Kent

what to expect

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise which uses postures (asana) to work all your muscles not just the isolated muscle groups. Many of the postures, such as twists and inversions, are performed to stimulate specific internal organs or release tension caused by stress in the body.

Yoga is not designed to be competitive. It is therefore, easily tailored to the individual. It can be practised with great benefits being gained at beginner level as well as at the more advanced level.  

Yoga incorporates breathing exercises (pranayama) and it’s through the act of conscious and controlled breathing that calms the nervous system. It also oxygenates the blood and tissues and it brings changes in the brain functions. Yoga is often used as a therapy for the management of stress.

Rest is also a component of a yoga class. Every class ends in a state of conscious relaxation allowing the body and the mind to assimilate the effects of the postures (asana) breathing (pranayama) and allow the body to continue to benefit from the practice.

Pilates

Pilates is an excellent form of exercise that encompasses both physical and mental stimuli. It was designed by Joseph Pilates after years of suffering from a number of serious illnesses including rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever.  It was through experimenting with many different health and fitness approaches he successfully managed to rebuild his physical strength.

Every exercise slowly develops your body awareness, increasing your strength and flexibility.  Pilates focuses on maintaining support and control of the body as movement occurs. This emphasis is put on engaging the deep core muscles. All pilates movements start from a strong core. Posture and co-ordination will be improved by practising with such controlled movements, concentrating on the body as a whole and maintaining quality in your exercising.

Massage

Massage should be regarded as an important therapeutic part of everybody’s lifestyle. More than 60 per cent of our body consists of muscles, which synthesise our energy and generate much of our body heat.

The therapy of massage stimulates these processes together with aiding the circulatory system.  It has also been proven that touch has a healing effect on both the body and the mind.

What next?

If you would like to be inspired, feel physically stronger, emotionally re-charged and completely relaxed please call or email Sally to discuss attending one of her many classes, book a private appointment or simply ask any questions you have regarding your health and fitness needs.