WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a total body exercise, developed almost one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates, to rehabilitate injured WW1 soldiers and later, for strength and conditioning of dancers. It is a series of exercises aimed at restoring balance and flexibility, improving core strength and postural awareness, and can also help with relaxation. It is a great way to increase your mind-body awareness.
Our classes are led by a physiotherapist who will ensure you are exercising safely. We run a variety of class times to suit everyone and also offer one-on- one sessions.
The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) is a world leading provider of Physiotherapy and Pilates Treatment. Your teacher, Kate Horton, is a certified mat work instructor.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PILATES?
A wide variety of ages and abilities can benefit from Pilates and classes are suitable for all levels. We are able to adapt and make the sessions specific to suit your needs. Kate has had people attending classes from as young as 16 years old to mid-80s! Pilates is suitable for almost everyone no matter what your fitness level.
If you have any of the following problems Pilates could be what you need:
- Postural issues
- Neck and Back pain
- Post-operative orthopaedic surgery eg. lumbar disc surgery.
- Musculoskeletal pain and/or injury
- Muscle imbalance issues
- Pain with sport eg. running, biking, tramping, netball, rugby, soccer, basketball, tennis, cricket, Waka Ama.
- Pain at work either in a manual or sedentary job.
- Weakness into pelvic floor muscles causing bladder weakness.
- Ante and Post-natal clients (Kate is qualified in specific Pilates exercises for this area)
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is one of the oldest teachings and philosophies which takes an holistic approach, focusing on the body, mind and spirituality. Translated, yoga means “to bind together” or “unite”.
Yoga focuses on movement and breath control, which improves stamina, strength and flexibility.
Anyone can participate in yoga, there is quite a misconception that one must be flexible to take part in a class. In fact, flexibility tends to be a product of regular attendance.
Our classes are designed to cater for beginner to intermediate yogis. We start by building important foundations and practices, which we enhance throughout each 6-week block.
Your teacher, Samantha Davies, is a Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teacher and completed her initial yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India.
WHO CAN DO YOGA?
Everyone! Yoga has no bounds and can be adapted to suit any level, all you need to do is show up with an open mind and a smile. We have yoga mats available for hire or purchase.
GYM CLASSES AND PRIVATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
A one-to-one assessment is required prior to you attending your first class. This is to ensure we carry out a health screen, postural assessment and have an opportunity to teach you the important Pilates principles we use in the class, including how to activate your deep core abdominals and improve your posture awareness. We tailor this session to you as an individual.
You can join us for our 6 week class blocks which are held in the evening and at lunchtime.
We also offer one-to-one sessions using a relevant ACC claim or privately at a time to suit you.
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
BSc(Hons), certified Matwork Pilates instructor (APPI) UK
Kate has a wide range of physiotherapy experience, having qualified in 2001 from Manchester University in the UK. She has worked in many areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy both in the UK and New Zealand, from sports teams, to hospital and private practice, and has taught Pilates classes regularly since 2008.
Kate moved to New Zealand in 2009 and has been teaching up to five Pilates classes a week. She connects well with people of all ages, to help to assess, treat and prevent further injury. She has a keen interest in muscle balance problems and postural issues. Kate also enjoys treating shoulder and back injuries, along with post-operative care. She relishes the challenge of working out the problem and treating injuries with a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and looking at long term prevention.
In her spare time, Kate is an avid runner and has been a member of Extra Mile Runners in Christchurch for several years, having completed a number of half marathons. Living close to the Port Hills with her husband, she loves having the perfect training ground on her doorstep.