Workshops: The Principles of Movement

Hey there,

You might be surprised if I were to say that Pilates isn’t the answer to everything, but the practice of Pilates can give us great and valuable insights into how the body works!

  • Do you want to understand just how Pilates challenges the body?
  • Have you ever wanted to learn a workout that
    • challenges your body in every plane of motion?
    • challenges every joint of your body?
    • makes you think about what you’re doing?
  • Do you want to learn a workout that you can do at home in just thirty-five minutes – and never get bored?


The One Hundred

The Warm Up: The One Hundred


If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then our The Principles of Movement Workshop series is definitely for you!


The Shoulder Bridge

The Shoulder Bridge


It’s like a crash course spread out over some fifteen weeks with seven workshops, one every fortnight.  We’ll be practising Pre-Pilates exercises that illustrate the Foundations of Pilates and then looking at the Matwork from Joseph Pilates’ “Return to Life through Contrology”.  Through the Matwork exercises, we’ll demonstrate how each of the Foundations of Pilates’ concepts can be applied.


Side Bend

Side Bend


Every concept is illustrated with several exercises.  It’s totally a practical course!  You can bring a notepad and pen to make notes if you want.

  • All the Pre-Pilates explanations & exercises (video) are online.
  • The Pilates exercise videos online very soon!
  • It’s all practical, focusing on exercises, not theory.
  • Each week will feature two different Principles of Movement.
  • Each Workshop costs just £30 each, lasting two hours.


Kneeling Side Kick

Kneeling Side Kick


These concepts do build on each other so working your way through week by seek is highly recommended, but you can just drop in and out as you please.

There’s room for 6 participants only!

Workshop Contents


#1 – Breathing & Deep Abdominal Activation

Febuary 2, 2019 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Through specific Pre-Pilates exercises (approx 8), learn the different breath patterns we use in Pilates and how that helps us to activate the Deep Core.  Then, onto practical examples.

Pilates exercises:

  • One Hundred;
  • Roll Up & Roll Downs;
  • Single Leg Circles;
  • Rolling like a Ball.
    • each with modifications and variations


#2 – Optimal Lumbopelvic Position & Stabilization

February 16, 2019 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Learn Pre-Pilates exercises that teach us about pelvic position in standing, lying and prone; the optimal position for you and then how to maintain that position during your Pilates practice – all through practical examples.

Pilates exercises:

  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Scissors
  • Leg Lowers
  • Crisscross


#3 Abdominal Strengthening and Spinal Strengthening and Mobility

March 2, 2019@ 17:00 – 19:00

Strong abdominals lead to a supported spine in all planes of movement: bending forwards, backwards, sideways and in rotation.  Learn this through Pre-Pilates exercises and apply it in Pilates exercises.

Pilates exercises:

  • Spine Stretch Forward
  • Spine Stretch Side (not a part of the traditional repertoire)
  • The Saw
  • Open Leg Rocker


#4 – Shoulder Stability & Mobility

March 16, 2019@ 17:00 – 19:00

Both stability and mobility are essential for the correct operation of the extremely complex shoulder joint  Learn the Pre-Pilates and Pilates exercises that address these issues.

Pilates exercises:

  • Swan Dive
  • Single Leg Kicks/Pulls
  • Double Leg Kicks/Pulls
  • Thigh Stretch
  • Swimming


#5 – Alignment & Posture

March 30, 2019 @ 17:00 – 19:00

What is correct posture?  How to you know if your posture is correct or not and what can you do to remedy this?

Pilates exercises:

  • Standing Footwork
  • Supine Footwork
  • The Side Kick Series:
    • Leg Lifts
    • Leg Kicks
    • Leg Circles
    • Bicycle
    • Bananas


#6 – Stretching & Release

April 13, 2019@ 17:00 – 19:00

Through specific Pre-Pilates exercises, learn different stretches and joint release techniques.

Pilates exercises:

  • Side Bend
  • Boomerang
  • Seal
  • Crab
  • Rocking
  • Control Balance


#7 – The Remaining, The full Monty & The Social 😉

April 27, 2019@ 17:00 – 19:00 (…)

We’ll tackle the remaining of the Plates Matwork repertoire, time permitting:

  • Rollover
  • The Corkscrew
  • Neck Pull
  • The High Bicycle and variants
  • Shoulder Bridge
  • Jackknife
  • Teasers
  • Hip Circles
  • Leg Pull Back
  • Leg Pull Front
  • Kneeling Side Kick
  • Push Ups
    • phew! –  I know we won’t get through them all

Then we’ll put it all together with the full repertoire as described in”Return to Life through Contrology” (Pilates 1945)…

Then Pizza & drinks in “Baked in Brick” …


Note: whilst the Pre-Pilates exercises are not necessarily physically challenging, the Pilates exercises can very challenging – if you are new to Pilates, I suggest a Trial Lesson to begin.

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