Pilates will work on your mobility, flexibility and strength whilst incorporating balance, coordination and breathing using the core muscles.
In matwork classes, exercises are done mainly lying or sitting on the floor and sometimes small equipment is used.
Pilates, in it's original form, is a complex form of exercise consisting of 34 movements and exercises adapted and designed for every muscle group in the body.
It is a slow relaxing way to exercise carried out in a calm, safe environment enabling you to increase your self awareness, learn about breathing with movement, body mechanics, balance, co-ordination, positioning of the body and spatial awareness; whilst lengthening, toning and improving your overall strength, flexibility and fitness.
Special focus and attention is placed on improving your posture by strengthening both your core and postural muscles to try and gain a more balanced body and reducing the risk of future injury.
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About Sara Rounce
Sara Rounce is an experienced Pilates instructor, teaching Pilates around Haslemere, Hindhead and Elstead in Surrey. She has taught people of all levels and abilities for over 15 years.
Sara has been a qualified Pilates Teacher and a Women's Health & Exercise Specialist since 2003 & has a wealth of experience in teaching Pilates to all levels and abilities.
With a specialism in pregnancy & postnatal fitness (having 3 children of her own) she has developed a particular passion for women's fitness & health. Sara has completed the courses listed below to help increase her knowledge and applies this to all her teaching. Under the exceptional tutoring of Carolyne Anthony (Center for Women's Fitness in America) she is constantly improving her skills and knowledge to gain the highest qualifications available.
After having her 3rd child in 2012, Sara produced The Postnatal App available on iTunes for the iPhone
She is also a committee member of (and previously co-chair) The UK Guild of Pre & Postnatal Exercise Instructors.
You will progress at your own pace in the classes and as you do so you will learn to flow through the exercises and movements using the following 8 basic Pilates principles: Concentration, Breathing, Centring, Control, Precision, Flowing movements, Isolation and Routine.
History of Pilates
Pilates was created in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates. He was such a weak, sickly child that it led him, in his teens, to put together a set of movements and exercises to build his strength and fitness. He became one of the strongest and fittest people in his time.
Pilates has been used mainly by dancers since but has more recently become an increasingly popular way to exercise for people in general (Fitness Pilates). Physiotherapists also prescribe Pilates exercises for people with all kinds of back injuries and postural problems (Rehabilitation Pilates).
What are the benefits of Pilates?
There are many benefits and these include:
Increasing mind/body awareness,
Increasing flexibility, Improving muscle tone and circulation,
Improving balance, coordination and control,
Relieving stiffness and tension,
Improving bone density,
Excellent for relaxation,
Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
When Sara isn't teaching she likes spending time with her family, socialising, running, training her new labrador puppy and a bit of baking & healthy eating.
Whether it is a 1-2-1 or a class you are looking for, Sara looks forward to meeting you soon!
Pilates Matwork - Institute of Pilates, London
Pilates for Pregnancy & Postnatal - Institute Pilates, London
Carolyne Anthony's Center Method for Diastasis Recti and C-Section
Carolyne Anthony's Center Method on Pilates Aplications for Pelvic Floor Health & Dysfunction
Carolyne Anthony's Center Method for Myofascial Release Techniques
Pilates Studio Equipment Course - Pilates Solutions (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda chair, Arc Barrel)
Buff Bones License - Rebekah Rotstein's Program
Diastasis Detective Certificate - Fixing Abdominal Separation by Claire Mockridge
The Pink Ribbon Programme - for breast cancer survivors by Doreen Puglisi
I have been practicing Pilates for over 12 years, after having my daughter by C section I wanted to get back to being fit and healthy again and this amazing exercise allowed me to do this.
After too many years climbing the corporate ladder I decided to give it up and do something completely different!
I retrained and have a Level 3 Diploma, Mat based Pilates, Pilates with small equipment and Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions. I teach across Hampshire, Surrey and Slough to both adults and children.
I not only love working with clients that are just starting out and want to become stronger, leaner and fitter with the aid of Pilates, but also with those that that want to push them selves further challenge them selves to be better at what ever that is.
It might be getting off the coach and starting your running journey one step at a time or a Power Pilates class that leaves you feeling truly fabulous.
I now also teach beginner classes and the amazing Power Pilates for The Wellwoman Fitness Foundation.
Step off the day to day grind and enjoy time just for you x
About Jodie Gibbs-Farrow
Sara is an excellent pilates instructor. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She treats each person as an individual encouraging them to work at their own pace and level of ability. Her expert eye ensures you are performing the exercises correctly to maximise the challenge and avoid injury. At the end of every class my body feels enlivened, strengthened and perfectly stretched. I really look forward to attending Sara’s class and would recommend her to anyone. Angela T