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The Taunton Pilates studio was opened by Karen Pearce in 2000. After a career as a professional ballet dancer she trained and qualified to teach Pilates with Alan Herdman in London.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a complete exercise regime designed to promote good posture, flexibility and controlled breathing, whilst toning muscles to attain a leaner, firmer body. This is achieved through small subtle exercises which are non-aerobic and suitable for any age and ability.
The idea of Pilates is to balance the muscles of the body – strengthening the weak and stretching those which are over used and tight. Once posture is improved and muscles of the pelvic girdle become stronger, back pain and related problems are then eliminated.
The benefits of this technique are achieved far more quickly in a studio with specially designed machines using springs and ropes. The equipment we have in the studios includes Reformers, Trapeze Table, Core Align, Ladder Barrel and Combo Chair.
There are literally hundreds of exercises that can be performed on the various pieces of equipment and all of these can then be adapted for individual abilities and conditions, ranging from post surgical rehabilitation to a programme tailored for professional sports players.
Using the Pilates equipment not only adds interest and fun to the exercises but also, using the resistance and support of the springs, allows you to improve flexibility and balance, lengthen and strengthen muscles and achieve far greater results than just doing mat work exercises.
A Pilates Studio session generally lasts 75 minutes and individual tuition is provided in small groups,which allows each client to work at their own pace. Instructors are always in attendance to give as much help and guidance as needed.