WHAT IS BARRE?
Most barre-based classes use a language of movements inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to assist balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Often during the classes, small apparatus/props are used to enhance the exercise and elevate intensity. It also concentrates on coordination, activating the brain as well!!!
It is a complete work out that strengthens muscles, improves posture and helps flexibility!
WHAT IS PILATES MATWORK?
The Pilates "method," as it is often called, is an exercise system that focuses on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. Pilates consists of resistance exercises, not aerobic (cardio), although the heart rate will certainly rise during certain exercises.
Two of the key elements of Pilates are core muscle strength and spinal alignment. This helps to improve posture and the general muscles that support the body's structure and help the general functioning of your body in the simplest of things, like breathing.
During a Pilates’ session it is important to concentrate deeply on your core muscles, as well as on your breath, the contraction of your muscles, and the quality (not quantity) of your movements. These are also key elements of Pilates. The objective is a coordination of mind, body, and spirit, something Joseph Pilates called "contrology."
The combination of the two techniques Is excellent, working on a low impact, intense workout with barre for toning and then the concentration and precision of Pilates’ mat work for lengthening and strengthening.
Heloise Chapman, first started as a dancer, training at London Contemporary Dance School. Her dance career took her all over the world before eventually landing in Rome, Italy. Heloise then continued dancing in the theatre/TV for numerous years with many of Italy's most well- known choreographers.
In 2012 she started teaching Pilates mat work, barre Pilates and recently Pilates’ studio, basing her teaching on the traditional technique with a touch of personal creativity.
Morning Pilates for 90-120 minutes and afternoon Pilates for 60 minutes Breakfast , light snack for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian self service , buffet style