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We offer 1:1 and small group mat Pilates classes at 3 venues in Up Hatherley, central Cheltenham, Shurdington and Brockworth.  Click here for class timetable and venues

Pilates exercises are constantly moving, performing 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise and then progressing to the next.  Pilates focuses on the powerhouse (the core or trunk) and building strength there first and moving in ways that strengthen the core and all its stabilising muscles which is why Pilates is recommended by GPs, physiotherapist, chiropractors and many other health professionals. Functional, remedial movement with the focus on strengthening and stretching the entire body from the inside out to provide exercise that is both safe and effective.

Our first awareness of balance comes from our body.  Our bodies tend to be sculpted by our lifestyles and our habitual actions; how long do you sit hunched over a computer every day?  Pilates is superb for correcting these postural imbalances.

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”    Joseph Pilates

Balance of Life specialises in the STOTT PILATES® method, a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.  Practitioners follow exercises designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints.

Pilates’ focus on core strength, movement and flexibility means that it is suitable for all, male or female, regardless of body type and level of ability, and applicable to those recovering from injury, supporting those undertaking sport-specific training and in our everyday life.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Longer, leaner muscles

  • Core strength and stability

  • Better posture and flexibility

  • Injury prevention

  • Relief from stress and aches and pains (especially in the lower back, neck and shoulders)

  • Improved balance and coordination

  • Heightened mind-body awareness

  • Complements other methods of exercise and enhances performance in sport