Saturday Pilates Classes
We caught up with Sophie to talk all things Pilates.
Hi Sophie, how do you feel about teaching three Saturday classes at Chapel Allerton Pilates?
I’m really pleased to be taking over the Saturday classes which I’ve been covering them for a while. Having got to know the Saturday regulars I would have been sad to say goodbye as they’re such a lovely bunch of people to teach. And it’s the people who make teaching enjoyable and feel worthwhile.
What are your classes like? Are they for all levels? Can anyone attend?
I teach a range of classes that together cover all levels of experience. Springwall is mixed level where I give alternatives if needed. The reformer classes are split into beginner, for those with little or no experience, and mixed levels, where we do cover more challenging repertoire, so participant’s can decide where they fit. I come from a dance background so I’m quite physically demonstrative when teaching and I use a lot of imagery, which can unintentionally cause laughter at times if I get carried away. My students often comment on it 🙂
What can clients expect from your classes?
Relaxation, greater awareness of moving from the inside and how they feel when moving, some challenge and some fun. People sometimes say they feel like they’ve had a good massage by the end of the class and taller.
Why do you think it’s important to prioritise a Pilates practice?
It helps make you happy! Not only does it keep you physically feeling good but it improves your mood and whole outlook on life. It gives you a moment to come back into yourself and re-instill who you are and your worth.
What do you love about Springwall and Reformer and why?
Both are quite different so I like the variety the two provide. Springwall is playful as the springs allow you explore your movement more freely than in Reformer classes. You can also use other small equipment easily in combination such as Spine Correctors, balls etc so there’s variety. Whereas I like the Reformer for the feedback it gives you which I find really useful in my own practice.
Sophie teaches the below Saturday classes
10am Reformer – mixed ability
11am Reformer – beginner