We are passionate about the amazing benefits of Pilates and our Balham Studio has small group and private classes available to everybody seven days a week.
As a result of regular Pilates your posture will change and you’ll move more efficiently. You’ll achieve a strong core, develop longer, leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well-being. And if you’re a sports enthusiast, Pilates will also help improve your game.
Pilates was created by the visionary Joseph Pilates as a complete strengthening system for the body. Pilates teaches the body how to move more effectively and recruit muscles at the right time, for the right job and as efficiently as possible. Pilates is suitable for everyone and is often recommended by physiotherapists as a reliable way of creating balanced strength in the body and resolving muscular strains caused by our modern lifestyles.
We offer a wide range of Mat, Reformer, Private and Clinical Pilates in our Balham studio all taught by highly experienced Pilates teachers and Physiotherapists with many years of experience.
Based in the heart of Balham, everyone is welcome from complete beginners to dedicated gym goers, we offer something for everybody, for any gender, size and fitness level.
Read our descriptions below to find the right class for you.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is a popular form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility, and overall body conditioning. Here are some of the potential benefits of practicing Pilates:
- Improved Core Strength: Pilates places an emphasis on the core muscles, helping to develop a strong and stable core. This can lead to better posture and reduced risk of back pain.
- Increased Flexibility: Pilates exercises promote flexibility by targeting and lengthening muscles. Improved flexibility can enhance your range of motion and reduce the risk of injuries.
- Enhanced Muscle Tone: Pilates engages various muscle groups, leading to improved muscle tone and definition. It can help you achieve a more sculpted and lean physique.
- Better Posture: Pilates emphasizes proper alignment and body awareness, which can contribute to improved posture. This is particularly beneficial for those who spend long hours sitting at a desk.
- Increased Body Awareness: Pilates encourages mindfulness and body awareness. Through focused movements and breath control, practitioners develop a better understanding of how their body moves and functions.
- Joint Health: Pilates is a low-impact exercise, making it gentle on the joints. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with joint issues or those recovering from injuries. We have a combination of mat and reformer Pilates in our Balham studio which are both challenging but low-impact.
- Stress Reduction: Like many forms of exercise, Pilates can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. The mindful and controlled movements, coupled with focused breathing, contribute to a sense of well-being.
- Improved Balance and Coordination: Pilates exercises often involve controlled movements and balance challenges, which can enhance overall coordination and balance.
- Adaptable for All Fitness Levels: Pilates can be modified to suit various fitness levels and abilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner, there are exercises that can be tailored to your needs.
- Enhanced Breathing: Pilates emphasizes controlled and coordinated breathing, which can improve lung capacity and overall respiratory function.
- Injury Rehabilitation: Many of our Physiotherapists incorporate Pilates into rehabilitation programs for injuries. It can aid in strengthening specific muscle groups and promoting a balanced recovery.
- Mind-Body Connection: Pilates promotes a mind-body connection, encouraging individuals to be present and focused during their practice. This mindfulness can extend beyond the exercise session into daily life.
How Do I Choose Which Class to Attend?
If you are new to Pilates, we recommend using our Intro Offer to complete two Private classes.
During these classes, your teachers will explain all of the fundamentals of Pilates, how to use all the equipment and go through the class based on your ability and goals. Once your have completed your private classes, you will be ready to join any of our group classes in the Balham studio. If you are familiar with Pilates and have practiced before, you can read our class types above to find the perfect class for you.
I’m New to Pilates, Where Should I Start?
If you have never done Pilates before, or have taken a long break since your last sessions, and would like to join a class but are unsure about where to start, you might like to consider a Private Pilates session or one of our regular Pilates beginners’ courses.
All classes and courses are held at 260 Balham High Road in our clinic and studio.
Are Teachers Well Qualified?
We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of teaching and classes. All of our Pilates teachers are qualified through well respected schools of Pilates such as APPI, BASI, Body Control Pilates and The Pilates Foundation and have a huge amount of experience.
What’s the Relationship Between Pilates and Physiotherapy?
Pilates has become a valuable asset in Physiotherapy treatment and is a technique that greatly enhances rehabilitation, core strength and well-being. Pilates builds strength without building excess bulk in the muscles – it is capable of creating a sleek, toned body with regular practice and dedication.
Our Balham clinic and studio are designed to work together and practitioners often refer patients to Pilates classes to assist with their rehabilitation. We also offer Clinical Pilates if you wish to attend classes taught by a Physiotherapist.
Can Teens Attend Classes?
Please check with us before bringing a child under 16 years old and note that anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.