Festive Pilates

The Kate Bush Christmas decorations are out at PXM HQ which means the festive season is fast-approaching.  There are plenty of online Pilates classes running over the festive fortnight to help keep us all moving and motivated.  Here’s the schedule…

  • Monday 21 December 1800 to 1900 Small Equipment Pilates class*
  • Tuesday 22 December 1000 to 1100 Rehabilitative Pilates class (no less challenging than the General and Small Equipment classes)
  • Wednesday 23 December 1900 to 2000 General Pilates class*
  • Monday 28 December 1800 to 1900 Small Equipment Pilates class*
  • Tuesday 29 December 1000 to 1100 Rehabilitative Pilates class
  • Wednesday 30 December 1900 to 2000 General Pilates class*

*not suitable for people with osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Same process as usual – the classes for the week commencing the 21 December will be available to book online from this Friday 18 December, and the classes for the week commencing the 28 December will be available for booking from next Friday 25 December.

In the New Year there will be a free online pop-up Pilates tutorial on how to improve your balance.

Thank you very much for supporting my classes this year, whether that was in the studio at the beginning of 2020…feels like a lifetime ago!…or online or both.  Being able to keep teaching and to run some kind of practice over the past ten months is something I will always be grateful for the chance to do.

Stay safe and well over the festive season, think of others.  2021 is just around the corner, a new chapter.  Let’s take the positive lessons we’ve learned from our experiences this year and use them to make a better world for everyone.

To close here’s the title track from one of my albums of 2020 – Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

Happy holidays.

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 PILATES X MELISSA online classes

I’m now able to offer online Pilates classes via Zoom. I’ve found a way to make each class “closed” by which I mean only accessible to those who have been through the proper booking, registration and payment process. This is essential so participants are safe and I remain covered by my insurance.

The online classes will take place on Mondays 1230 to 1330, Wednesdays 1915 to 2015 and Fridays 0930 to 1030. They will start this Wednesday 15 April and cost £6.50.

Everything you need to know about them – who they’re suitable for, what to expect from the class, how to book and pay, how to join the class on the day etc, is on the Online Classes page of my website.

To close, here’s Hannah from this year’s The Greatest Dancer competition with a stunning contemporary dance piece to inspire our Pilates movements.  Sequin catsuit – want!