Intelligent movement that's tailored to you
Pilates for Special Conditions Studio
Our studio offers private and duet sessions in which we focus on the specific needs of each individual on the day.
Mat work exercise
Roll up exercise on the Pilates Cadillac
Abdominal challenge on the Wunda Chair
We are a fully equipped studio offering one-to-one sessions and semi-private classes. All of our instructors are fully certified and have a wealth of teaching experience.
Hoxton Pilates is located 2 minutes from Old Street station. Our location make us convenient for Shoreditch, Angel, Hackney, and the City of London.
Arthritis: (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). Arthritis is simply the inflammation of a joint. With osteoarthritis the cause of this inflammation is mechanical (i.e. faulty movement patterns). Friction around the joint causes irritation and sometimes a build up of bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition where the body internally creates the environment for joint inflammation. Resistance exercise has been shown to improve both conditions, and studio pilates provides a safe environment to support the arthritic body through movement.
Osteoporosis/osteopenia: Your skeleton is fully replaced every 10 years. At any one point bone is being broken down and replaced with fresh new bone cells. Osteopenia occurs when the bone loss exceeds the rate of bone replacement. Osteoporosis is the more severe form of this condition. When the bones become porous and brittle exercise can be very tricky and even dangerous. Machine based pilates can provide a controlled setting in which resistance can be introduced gently and safely. Building strength through movement encourages circulation and bone cell production.
Pregnancy: It is important to remember that pregnancy is a sign of health not weakness. Pregnant women need to keep up their strength both for childbirth and the demands of motherhood. Different women have different needs, and the pilates studio can provide both challenges and support for their changing bodies.
Hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: Hypermobility is a condition often overlooked by health professionals and exercise practitioners. To be flexible is a good thing, but too much flexibility can be detrimental. The hypermobile body has a hard time building and maintaining muscle strength. This body type therefore easily succumbs to injury. An injury can come from overloading the joint but more often it will come from over-stretching. Pilates is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise for the hypermobile client.
Dyspraxia: Dyspraxia is often referred to as the 'body form' of dyslexia where there is a lack of organisation in motor skills. Like dyslexia it can be found in varying degrees. Mild dyspraxia can exist almost unnoticed while severe dyspraxia critically impairs one's coordination and balance. The mind-body emphasis of the Pilates method is extremely effective for improving dyspraxia, wherein motor skill re-patterning can be achieved at a fundamental level.
Multiple sclerosis: is an autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system. Damage occurs to the myelin sheath encasing nerve fibers. This can disrupt coordination, motor skills, speech and sometimes vision. Treatment of this condition involves a multi-pronged approach, and it is agreed that exercise is vital to managing MS. Because the multiple sclerosis can manifest differently on different days, the Pilates studio provides a flexible setting where exercises can be easily adjusted to address fluctuating symptoms.
Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury during or before birth. There is damage to the nervous system which can affect movement and many other bodily functions. The severity of this condition can vary greatly and it is seldom reversible. There is however merit to optimising any existing nerve and muscle function. Machine based pilates can accommodate any limits to strength and range of motion while providing a platform for increased mobility and coordination.
What are Pilates studio classes?
In group reformer classes everyone in the room performs the same exercises at the same time at a fairly energetic pace. There is little opportunity for modification. In contrast, studio classes focus on the individual and are tailored to each person's needs on the day. Emphasis is on form and technique to maximise functional gain and minimise potential injury. Everyone works at their own pace and works towards their specific fitness goals. Furthermore there is the opportunity to use all the Pilates equipment as well as the matwork repertoire.
Should I opt for a private or semi-private session?
We recommend that everyone start with at least 2 private sessions. Our Introductory Package is comprised of an initial assessment and two private sessions at a reduced price. After this it's up to you. The semi-private session will still consist of the same exercises tailored to your needs, but there is less supervision. If you are carrying an injury or concerned about a specific condition you might decide on the increased attention of a 1-1 session. You can opt for private or semi-private instruction at any time.