Online Small Equipment Pilates Class

On Mondays at 1800 starting on the 21 September, there will be a new online Pilates class added to the timetable.  This hour-long class is dedicated to working exclusively with the small ball and foam roller.  There is an extensive repertoire of exercises involving these two pieces of equipment, which we don’t have time in the general Pilates classes to explore fully.

What are the benefits of using the foam roller?

  • increases the range of motion of the shoulder girdle;
  • increases core stability;
  • mobilises the spine;
  • provides an effective means of self-massage;
  • assists in stretching;
  • helps improve balance.

What are the benefits of using the small ball?

  • activates the abdominal muscles more deeply to further improve their strength;
  • increases the range of movement of the spine and pelvis;
  • challenges core stability;
  • improves balance.

Who is the class suitable for?

People who

  • are over 16.
  • have a basic level of Pilates knowledge and experience.
  • are deemed fit and healthy enough to exercise.
  • have no current or recent injuries.
  • don’t have osteoporosis or osteopenia.
  • are not pregnant.
  • are not based in the US or Canada.

Don’t have a small ball or foam roller?  Details of where to buy new and pre-loved Pilates equipment can be found on this page of my website.

There is so much more to working with the ball and foam roller than just lying on them so join me and take your Pilates skills to a new level.  Like all the other online sessions, the small equipment Pilates class costs £6.50 and can be booked online on the Book a class page of this website.

New Class Timetable from 5 September

Isaac Cordal sculpture

A quick heads-up on some upcoming changes at Embody Pilates.  We’re adding four new sessions to the existing timetable of Pilates classes running at The Wellbeing Studio in Clevedon.  So, from MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER the weekly schedule of classes will look like this…

  • Mondays: 12.30-13.30 and 19.00-20.00
  • Tuesdays: 18.15-19.15 and 19.15-20.15
  • Wednesdays: 11.15-12.15
  • Thursdays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
  • Fridays: 09.30-10.30
  • Saturdays: 10.00-11.00

With a wider selection of morning, lunchtime, evening and weekend sessions to choose from, it will be even easier to find a Pilates class to suit a busy lifestyle.

Pilates on a foam roller

Every class is suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.  For those wanting to explore the repertoire of Pilates exercises more fully, we’ve purchased some foam rollers and Therabands.  Similar to the small balls we already use, the rollers and bands allow us to challenge our stability as we perform an exercise, and help us to isolate or engage targeted muscles more effectively.  We’ll start to use the rollers and bands in class from Monday 5th September.

Regular visitors to the EP website will remember this post from January with details of a retreat I’m going to be teaching at on the Greek island of Skyros.  The time for this is fast approaching; I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around!

I’ll be working abroad from Saturday 10th to Monday 26th September inclusive.  Obviously I won’t be able to teach my usual timetable of classes in Clevedon and Bristol during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience.  It’s a great opportunity though for me to learn and grow as a teacher and bring back to class lots of new ideas, skills and experiences.

I hope you will return to class after this short interlude.  Just so we’re clear, the last class before I head to Greece will be on Friday 9th September at 09.30 and the first class back after my time abroad is Tuesday 27th September at 18.15.

Pilates using a band

Finally, look out for Embody Pilates in the local press in late September/early October. We’ve managed to secure editorial space in three free monthly glossies –  the Clevedon and Tickenham Green Paper, Clevedon Living and the Clevedon and Portishead Resident – to promote the new class timetable and to spread the word about the huge benefits that regular Pilates can bring.

To close, here’s an apt song about the perils of being a white-skinned northerner heading abroad to sunnier climes.  It’s also a favourite tune from my summer playlist and arguably has one of the best intros and guitar riffs of all time…