I've been looking for a Pilates machine studio locally for so long, the last studio I attended had a ball and other small pieces but nothing larger than that and the two classes I have gone to in the past left me feeling aching badly and a little injured!
So when I was grabbing a coffee and a fabulous pastry from the Real Patisserie shop my eyes fell upon an A-board outside advertising Pilates classes and I was thrilled to find out they had machines!
Pilates in Brighton studio in Kemp Town was founded in 2010 by Carolyn Bailey MCSP a physiotherapist and clinical pilates instructor with over 20 years in the fitness industry who has worked at London's top pilates studios and as Physiotherapist for Rambert Dance Company.
The light and airy studio is well equipped with a balance body reformer, cadillac, ladder barrel, combo chair and Pilates arc. Another room is dedicated to mat work. Classes can be booked online.
So yesterday I took my aching body for a one-to-one with Carolyn and was very impressed. I left understanding why my tummy muscles are doing what they are doing, why my pelvis and lower back ache continuously and why my neck is so stiff!
She took me through a range of exercises designed to build my core tummy muscles so that my back isn't doing all the work (why it hurts!) and gave me some to do at home until next week. I was also used to breathing into my tummy yoga-style but with Pilates you fill your rib cage with air, so a lot to get used to but a more effective way to get to where I need to be.
Looking forward to my next session!