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Helping to improve your quality of life

Over the past number of years Pilates has become an increasingly popular from of exercise for people from all different walks of life. No matter what shape you are in physically, Pilates will certainly be of benefit to you.

Pilates is a mat based, low impact exercise which focuses on strengthening and lengthening the muscles in the body, beginning with the core. Regular sessions will also reduce tension and pain all along the spinal column, assist in reducing stress levels, improving posture and coordination and could even make you taller!!

 

Would you like to get that toned stomach back after having a baby or simply an inactive lifestyle?

Do you want to increase the strength in your arms and/or legs without getting bulky muscles?

Do you find yourself slumping at your desk, causing your neck & shoulders to tense & knot up?

WHATEVER THE REASON, YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR PILATES CLASSES ON YOUR HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL BEING!!

Does your lower back irritate you after standing for some time?

Do you find you are out of breath if you have to run up the stairs?

Or would you like to improve your golf swing or tennis game?

Strengthened core muscles will assist in any sport you like to play!!

Why choose a PILATES FOR LIFE IRELAND class?

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 Maximum of 8 people in each class, guaranteeing individual attention.
 
The classes are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
 
Pilates classes leave you feeling de-stressed, relaxed and energised.
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STOTT PILATES will ensure:
More preparation exercises are incorporated to ensure your muscles are correctly prepared for the full exercise and reduce the risk of injury.
Proper breathing technique is emphasised, this reduces the risk of injury, helps to eliminate toxins from the body and helps to relax the individual.
 
This method incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking of spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement, promoting the natural curve of the spine.
 
Improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints.
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Pilates is an excellent compliment to your current fitness program.
 
STOTT PILATES method is taught by qualified STOTT PILATES instructors.
 

If you have any questions please just let me know.

Wishing you the best of health!

Linda de Courcy

Certified Stott Pilates Instructor

MSc, Personalised Nutrition

BHlthSc, Complementary Medicine

Dip. Nutritional Therapy, m.NTOI

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Pilates & Pregnancy

Make the most of your pregnancy...

Although there is no scientific evidence to prove Pilates assists in shortening labour an recovery time, it is well acknowledged that women who participate in this form of exercise during their pregnancy, have shorter, less painful deliveries and are up and about quicker than those who don't.  Effective working of core and pelvic floor muscles assure this.

Weak upper back muscles can cause many challenges in the average individual, these are heightened in pregnancy, Pilates incorporates upper back exercises into its program to strengthen these muscles and improve posture.

Pilates is an ideal form of exercise to engage in before, during and after pregnancy. It is gentle yet challenging, relaxing and very effective. It will boost energy levels and release endorphins, which will increase your feeling of well being. Deep abdominal breathing will not only relax the mother but will ensure adequate oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to baby.

One of the natural results of pregnancy is a shift in the centre of gravity as the expanding abdomen causes an increase in the curve of the spine. This can cause increased lower back discomfort and possibly increased tension in the neck and shoulders. Pilates focuses on balancing muscular activity and maintaining muscular endurance to help prevent injuries associated with these changes.

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Sport & Pilates

Let Pilates enhance your game…

The dictionary defines core as “the central or most important part of anything”, this includes our physical bodies. When we engage in any sporting activity, be it golf, tennis or bungie jumping, core muscles are an essential part of the game. The better shape they are in the better we will play.

Pilates focuses on the core muscles incorporating the abdomen, pelvic, lower back and scapula regions – known as the body’s power house. Any sport performed with these regions tense, incorrectly positioned or with inactive, weak or strained muscles will reduce the performance of the athlete and possibly increase the risk of injury.

In any sport, where we are using the muscles in our bodies the core muscles properly engaged will assist in maximising the game as well as greatly reducing the risk of and often preventing injury.

One of the unique benefits of Pilates is that it not only strengthens our muscles but it also lengthens them, reducing the tension and strain experienced after strenuous exercise. Probably one of the many reasons most sports professionals are incorporating Pilates into their regular training programs!!

Read Some Of Our Many Testimonials

Isobel

After back surgery a few years ago my surgeon recommended that I take up Pilates to strengthen my core muscles and help support my back.  I began attending Linda’s class and after a short while noticed a number of improvements. My back felt much looser and the breathing helped me relax. I have been doing Pilates with Linda for a few years now and rarely suffer from back pain my stomach is flatter and generally my health has improved. I would recommend Pilates but particularly Linda to anybody who wishes to tone and strengthen their body and make a positive change in their health.

Colette

I’ve been doing Pilates for a few years now and am delighted that it has definitely helped to improve my core muscles and to increase my flexibility.  Those were the benefits I was hoping for.  However the best and most unexpected benefit has been that no matter how I am feeling going into a class, by the end of the class I’m also in a great mood!

Una

I’ve been doing Pilates for a few years now and am delighted that it has definitely helped to improve my core muscles and to increase my flexibility.  Those were the benefits I was hoping for.  However the best and most unexpected benefit has been that no matter how I am feeling going into a class, by the end of the class I’m also in a great mood!

Colette C

I started doing Pilates for the first time with Linda, although I would consider myself fit I thought they would be too slow, I was able to work my back core muscles, as I don’t have the flexibility on my back these classes did just that. The class allows you focus on muscles that need strengthening, it made me aware if my own posture, I felt it was a relaxing way to exercise, to learn more about my body what way to sit, stand and exercise. What I have learned I will be able to continue to use it within my exercise regime.

Emilia

I gained five stone during my second pregnancy and retired from all forms of exercise, when normally being quite an active person. A client of mine recommended Linda and I went along to the classes, very unfit, weak, and no longer able to even touch my toes.

I found Pilates fabulous in not only helping me to regain my figure but also getting back strength and flexibility in my whole body. I also find the classes great for relaxing and getting rid of stress and have recommended it to many friends and clients.

Rionach

Pilates was suggested to me as a great way to regain movement following surgery and to maintain general flexibility. I have been attending classes with Linda for almost 3 years now and have found Pilates very beneficial and very enjoyable. It helped me tone up lots too!

I would highly recommend Pilates with Linda to anyone wishing to improve mobility and tone up in a relaxed, friendly and encouraging environment.

Antoinette

I have been attending Pilates with Linda de Courcy for the past 3 months. During that time I have seen a considerable improvement in back pain, increased mobility in my joints and improved body tone particularly in the stomach area.
During a recent holiday, it was great to receive comments on how toned my stomach was in comparison to last year and the only difference was the Pilates classes. The classes are great for de-stressing and are also fun which I think is important when exercising. I also find I can do exercises which I could never do before to tone my stomach because of my back and this in itself is good for my self esteem.
All in all, the benefits I have gained in such a short time doing Pilates are fantastic and this is all down to Linda who is an incredible instructor.

Elaine

The benefits I have gained from Pilates:
Well first and foremost its good fun and anyone can do it.
I think it was encouraging to be able to start an exercise class without having to worry about how unfit I am.
I do have a problem with my hip and have I benefited a lot from the class, I have less pain, it is my understanding this is because my posture and core strength is better hence supporting my hip.

Gail

Pilates is great as part of a weight loss program, as it really helps in toning the body – especially the tummy area.  My joints have also loosened up and feel especially good straight after the class.  It revitalises my tired muscles, a great therapeutic workout!

Sinead

I’m really enjoying the Pilates and find it a very gently exercise.  I’ve got disc problems and therefore have to be selective as to the form of exercise I can take. I attend a chiropractor who suggested to me that Pilates would be a wonderful form of toning my tummy muscles and in result my back would improve.
As I’ve only been in your class a short time it’s far too early yet to see a big improvement but I must say that I’ve no discomfort after the exercises and I can see that long term it will definitely be beneficial to me as the exercises are working on the areas where I most need urgent attention!!
It’s nice too being part of a class where the numbers are smaller.

Catherine

I’m really enjoying the Pilates and find it a very gently exercise.  I’ve got disc problems and therefore have to be selective as to the form of exercise I can take. I attend a chiropractor who suggested to me that Pilates would be a wonderful form of toning my tummy muscles and in result my back would improve.
As I’ve only been in your class a short time it’s far too early yet to see a big improvement but I must say that I’ve no discomfort after the exercises and I can see that long term it will definitely be beneficial to me as the exercises are working on the areas where I most need urgent attention!!
It’s nice too being part of a class where the numbers are smaller.

Sandra

Pilates restores and realigns my body through exercise; easing and strengthening my muscles.  It reminds me to breathe properly and fully, probably for the first time during the day and the difference is noticeable.  The class is welcoming and supportive, and easy to participate in. Also, when taking off or landing in an aeroplane, I find it good to use the muscle control and steady breathing learnt at Pilates to reduce the force of the flight.

Pilates for Life Ireland is here to help maintain and/or restore health to the mind and body.  In our society today it is becoming more difficult to maintain a healthy body and mind. Pilates can be fun will help you physically and mentally. Small changes can make very big differences – call today and see how easy it can be.

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Sports & Pregnancy

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Pilates For Life Ireland provides Certified STOTT Pilates which has many benefits including benefits for people with sports injuries and ladies who want to get the most from their pregnancy.

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