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Vintage Pilates

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Age is absolutely no barrier to Pilates! With some tweaks, Pilates is fully inclusive.

At our Gentle Pilates classes, we currently have participants from their 60s to their 80s, with some younger people too who are nursing injuries. Although our Pilates classes catered for different abilities, we do tailor our Gentle Pilates classes for the older body.

Some people suffer from high or low blood pressure, from balance issues, from joint problems, with shoulder impingements or from arthritis or osteoporosis - we accommodate all these conditions within Gentle Pilates at Gemma Pearce Fitness.

We do traditional and modified Pilates moves, both standing and on a mat plus balance drills using a chair for support. For those worried about getting down to the floor (and getting up again!), we use a chair for that too if necessary. We also do basic resistance training and mobility to help everyone stay active and pain free as possible.

So why should you do Gentle Pilates? Pilates focuses on controlling the muscles and stability which is crucial for older people. Pilates can help to improve muscle strength, joint range of movement, co-ordination, balance and posture. It is beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis, or those who are pre-osteoporotic. Gentle Pilates can maintain bone density and even increase it in some cases.

Sometimes we are afraid to move because of pain. However if we do nothing, you’ll be a) stiffer, b) more at risk from injury and c) miserable! Pilates helps to mobilise joints, which can relieve stiffness and pain – meaning you can continue doing what you want to do for longer.

If you have a diagnosed back problem or are under the care of a medical professional, please do check that Gentle Pilates is ok with them. If you’re not sure about anything, please just get in touch.

Our classes are:

ONLINE in our VIP group book here

Wednesdays 9.30am in Abingdon book here

Fridays 11.30am in Steventon book here

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