Pilates is a type of physical training that focuses on body and mind, posture, stability, coordination and breathing. It is an effective workout that both strengthens and stretches the different muscle groups to achieve a balanced and limber body.
The entire body is activated with Pilates but, above all, the stability of your torso – your so-called “core stability” – is increased. “Core” refers to your torso or your centre point: a frame of muscles holding your back, belly and pelvic region in place.
This set of muscles plays an important role for many of your vital and functional movements. A strong, stable core will reduce your risk of injuries and that is why it is a good idea to train your torso stability. Every movement you make begins in the core of your body. A strong core will give you more power and balance for any activity. The exercises are designed to protect your back in your daily activities and reinforce a good posture.
The exercises are done primarily on a mat, whereby you train your body using the resistance and weight of your own body. The results are stronger core muscles, better posture, greater stability, added flexibility and better overall physical condition.
Joseph Pilates, the founder, named his method ‘The Art of Contrology’. He believed strongly in the principle that you can control the functioning of your body with your mind. That is why concentration is an essential part of pilates. For this reason, the classes do not make use of music. In a few cases, soothing background music will be used to improve the quality, atmosphere and dynamic of the class.
Pilates is also used during revalidation after sickness or chronic conditions. It helps support the recovery process after injury and physical discomforts. By now, the (para)medical world has discovered the favourable impact of pilates and advises more and more patients to do pilates.
For me, as a Mensendieck exercise therapist, this is one of the reasons that I advise patients to take pilates classes next to their treatment sessions. I see that it works!
For more information or to register, see Practical Information below.
Wednesday Class Location
16:00-17:00 Pilates 1 Huis van de Wijk Lydia
18:00-18:00 Pilates 2 Huis van de Wijk Lydia
16:45 Yogalates Huis van de Wijk Lydia
17:45 Pilates 3 Huis van de Wijk Lydia
Introductory class: €11
Semester 1: mid January/end of Christmas holidays – mid July/beginning Summer holidays
€297 for 1 class p/wk (€11 per class), €486 for 2 classes p/wk (€9 per class).
Semester 2: 1 September/end Summer holidays – mid December/beginning Christmas holidays
€176 for 1 class p/wk (€11 per class), €288 for 2 classes p/wk (€9 per class).
– I always had serious back problems and went regularly to the physiotherapist. Since I began doing pilates, I haven’t gone back and I’d like to keep it that way. After 2 weeks of vacation, I begin to feel my back again. So my goal is to take as many pilates classes as I can.
– Thank you so much for all of your fun lessons. They have done me a lot of good. Even while moving heavy things, I didn’t feel my back at all. I can only guess that this is thanks to the pilates, and that’s wonderful.
– With every class, I realise once again how Pilates helps me to stay fit, flexible and focused.
– If you ever begin with a morning group, then I’ll be the first to sign up! I will miss the classes and they’ve helped me a great deal.
– Dear Geertje, pilates classes with you were better than any I’ve done before. I’m trying out Yoga and Body Balance now, but I still always miss your enthusiasm.
– Of course I’m looking forward to the next semester of pilates. I enjoy the classes, but above all I can feel how good it is for my body.
– Once again, thank you for 8 years of inspring pilates classes. It was also great to see how you have developed over the years into an experienced, skilled teacher with a lot of knowledge about how the body works.
– A while ago, my husband gave me a pilates lesson book and dvd as a gift. This morning I played the dvd, but it doesn’t even compare to your lessons. So I prefer to look forward to your class again.
-Recently I joined two introductory classes with you: pilates and essentrics. Both were very good, especially the essentrics class was wildly dynamic!