Due to the latest tier 4 restrictions, I must sadly close the studio doors once again until further notice. Please keep checking the website for further updates and I hope to see you all soon.
All classes are tailored to the needs and proficiency of the client.
Private one to one sessions are suitable for everyone. Reformer Pilates personal training at its finest whether you require injury rehabilitation or simply prefer to have 100% of the instructors attention.
50 minutes £30
Duet sessions are perfect for those who don't want to go it alone. Bring along a friend, partner or relative and share the cost, have fun and talk about it all the way home.
50 minutes £40
Express one to one sessions are ideal if you want to pop in on your lunch break or simply don't have the time for a full session.
25 minutes £20
Does reformer Pilates burn fat?
Practicing reformer Pilates will tone all muscles especially the arms, legs and the mid section, improving overall body shape giving a leaner, more sculpted and stronger physique. This will increase the resting metabolic rate resulting in more calories and fat being burned throughout the day.
Is reformer Pilates good for you?
The Pilates reformer requires all muscles groups to work through their full range of motion. By improving flexibility, stress and strain on the joints and muscles is greatly reduced. Additionally, the increased efficiency of muscle contraction means that workouts are more effective and everyday movements being performed with less stress or fatigue.
Is reformer Pilates OK for beginners?
At Enso Pilates the classes have been created to offer many different exercises using equipment that caters for all levels of fitness and experience. Reformer Pilates builds strength in the powerhouse (core) muscles which improves posture, flexibility and balance regardless of your fitness or level of practice. Reformer Pilates can be modified in many ways to provide either gentle strength training, a stability programme or a challenging workout for the more athletic client.
What should I eat before a class?
Although reformer Pilates is not particularly aerobic (unless you opt for a rebounder class) it would not be ideal to arrive to class after having eaten a large, stodgy meal. I would recommend either a small bowl of cereal, peanut butter or avocado on toast or a small nutrient packed smoothie for breakfast and a healthy sandwich, a small bowl of soup or a salad for lunch or dinner. This all really comes down to the common sense of the client, listening to your body during ad after class can help you make light, healthy choices.
What should I wear to class?
Anything you are comfortable in! Something that allows you to move and that will not restrict you. Bare feet are OK but a pair of grip footsies or ankle socks is ideal. Try to avoid clothing with zips or knots/ties down the back as this could prove to be uncomfortable (or possibly damage the equipment).
When will I see/feel a difference?
This varies from client to client and is dependent upon existing injuries, how much physical activity they do outside of the Pilates class, and how many classes they attend per week. On average, most clients see significant results (feeling fitter and stronger) within 10-12 sessions. “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.” Joseph Pilates. Like with anything, the more you practice, the better you will learn and change.
The Pilates method of exercise was established by German born Joseph Pilates. Reformer/cadillac Pilates is a method of exercise performed on spring resistance equipment targeting conscious movement. By combining the mind, body and spirit a coordinated movement is created providing you with improved posture, alignment and physical wellness. Joseph Pilates called his exercise programme "Contrology", the unity of proper body control, breath and balance.
Contrology will discover your core muscles or your ‘powerhouse', it will improve your flexibility, strength and most importantly it will provide you with an awareness of how you hold your body in space (proprioception) which can help prevent falls as the body ages. The exercises target the whole body and can be utilised in conjunction with other athletic or leisure interests.
Pilates develops long, lean muscles and a strong core; essential to maintaining good posture and alignment. Even after one session, many find they sit and stand taller and move more gracefully. Everyone can benefit from Pilates!
As a Royal Navy veteran and with a background in Personal Training, Pilates and Holistic Therapies, Helen is a thoughtful and creative yet meticulous teacher. She holds a Pilates Trainer Professional diploma, a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction, a VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complimentary Therapies and a first class honours degree in Sport Studies. She is experienced in both athletic and injury recovery techniques within the Pilates vocabulary and is a keen 5K runner in her spare time. "The exercise routines I teach are full of modifications in order to protect the neck, wrists and knees whilst keeping the workouts flowing and challenging. My training style and research are highly consistent with the needs of my clientele, providing a safe and effective form of exercise".
The Ensō Pilates Studio is located in the delightful Ransom Wood business park, where you can train in an uncrowded, stress free environment surrounded by nature. The studio is at the back of Ash House and has a dual aspect where deer and squirrels can be spotted regularly. The goal is that when you leave, you feel rejuvenated and can’t wait to come back!
This exercise stretches the full quadriceps and hip flexors. Oh and it feels amazing!