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How Pilates Works

Pilates is a series of exercises first created by Joseph Pilates. It combines core strengthening techniques with spinal mobility movements.

The effect is to improve posture, protect the spine, elongate muscles and promote good co-ordination. What's not to like?

Anyone can do the exercises regardless of how fit you are (or are not) and regardless of what other physical activities, if any, that you do. The exercises are carried out at different levels and it is always heartening to see how people progress relatively quickly as they build confidence.

Having a few initial 1:1 lessons before you join a larger class is recommended in order to become familiar with the techniques and phraseology used so that you don't feel lost in a class situation.

It is particularly helpful for back pain conditions - which is how it helped Elaine (instructor).

Individual lessons can be arranged at the clinic or at home. Elaine will carry out a postural assessment, find out about your lifestyle and prepare a tailored programme to suit your needs. She would carry that through for as long as you wanted.

What to Expect

For Pilates, wear what you would normally wear for the gym or a studio class - a T-shirt and trackie bottoms will be fine.

When our pilates instructor Elaine meets you for the first 1:1 appointment, she will talk through some of your medical history so far as is it relevant to the level of exercise you need and what you want to achieve from Pilates.  She checks your posture and flexibility then put together a programme to suit your needs.

Each subsequent session lasts an hour and you can continue meeting for subsequent lessons for as long as you want to. If you want 2 or 3 lessons so that you can later join a class at a gym, that is ideal. If you want to continue with lessons indefinitely because it suits your lifestyle or condition, that is fine too. You are in control.


Elaine also holds a class at St. Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Hayling Island between 10:00am and 11:00am every Thursday. She won't have more than 10 people in each class.  A limited number of mats are provided but feel free to bring your own if you have one.The cost is £7.00 for a drop in, or £30.00 for 6 classes over 2 months, paid in advance.

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For testimonials and more information, see her website Elaine is working in the clinic on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons; to book an appointment with Elaine, please call The Hayling Clinic (023 92460 555).