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.

Pilates with Balls!

Small soft Pilates balls

The small Pilates soft ball (sometimes referred to as an overball or exer-soft ball) is a useful training aid to assist in targeting and isolating specific muscles, particularly the abdominals, inner thighs and the gluteals.  Exercises incorporating a small Pilates ball help to improve strength, endurance, concentration, coordination and balance. It is also helps in the engagement of the pelvic floor.  Equally it can be used as a supporting cushion when partially inflated and is suitable for neck and upper back massages.

Pilates wheel or spine curl using a small soft ball

Melissa now uses the 7″ and 9″ exer-soft ball in all her classes.  These are provided along with mats and head blocks in varying sizes.

Melissa doesn’t use the ball in class to do this though unfortunately.  Watch and marvel…