Fitness classes available at Border Physio Clinic include Pilates and Callanetics.
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or centre, and improving co-ordination and balance. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Callanetics exercise programme was created in the early 1980’s by Callan Pinkney and involves frequent repetition of small muscular movements and squeezes designed to improve muscle tone.
Callanetics Exercises are for everybody. By isolating muscle groups and using tiny, precise (yet powerful) movements, Callanetics exercises tighten and reshape your body while increasing strength, flexibility and body alignment.
Tai chi is a sequence of postures that have been developed into ‘forms’ over many years. It has many benefits including health, spiritual, mental and psychological wellness. Among the health benefits of tai chi are better digestion, circulation, balance, flexibility and coordination. People who practice these ancient arts tend to suffer less from conditions such as constipation, heartburn and kidney problems. This is because the exercises have been designed to tone up the organs of the body so that they are working more efficiently. Every time you perform a tai chi movement you are giving your internal organs and all the tissues that encase them a massage. This helps to keep your entire body both inside and out young and supple.
Tai chi is also good for the joints and muscles. The exercises are so gentle that it is difficult to harm yourself doing them. Forms of tai chi have been deliberately designed to gently stretch and tone the muscles and to improve all over flexibility.
Have you ever wanted to try Pilates, Callanetics or Tai chi? Then please contact the instructor for more information or visit their own websites.
Wendy Maguire (Pilates)
Tel: 07747 432418 Website: www.maguirephysiopilates.co.uk
Amanda Richard (Pilates)
Tel: 07712 587516 Website: www.funtastic-fitness.co.uk
Suzanne Scott (Callanetics)
Tel: 07848 041070 Website: http://www.coresculptuk.co.uk
Pat Weedall (Tai chi)
Tel: 07926 302822