Elongate, strengthen & restore your body to balance
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise method designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. It is based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems.
Pilates classes take a holistic approach to the body and the exercises used help to integrate the whole body to re- educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.
Pilates can be of benefit to almost everyone, from the very active to the more sedentary. If your work or your lifestyle requires you to sit by your desk, computer, or in the car for significant periods, possibly causing neck, shoulder or back pain, then Pilates may help by improving posture and consequently performance.
Eirian also uses Pilates and other somatic techniques for the management and understanding of long-term (chronic) pain and rehabilitation after injury or surgery.
Pilates for the climber.
Take a look at your fellow climbers on the crag or climbing wall and you will notice forward rolling shoulders due to over-developed pectoral and deltoid muscles (caused by pulling action). Muscle imbalance, and lack of flexibility, are a significant cause of injuries in climbers especially injury to shoulders and elbows.
Pilates makes tall moves, high steps and rock-overs easier, and improves core strength and balance. Pilates reduces the risk of sports injury. It is very beneficial in rehabilitation after injury or specific surgery, and in the management of recovery from sports injuries. Whatever your age or fitness level, Pilates could be the class for you.
I began taking Eirian’s classes when I had to stop climbing for 4 months due to shoulder pain. Starting back climbing, I had lost arm/finger strength but to my surprise seemed to be climbing better than before my layoff. Pilates had given a sort of ‘all-body’ fitness that made me feel more agile on the rock – and so far the shoulder pain hasn’t returned! Thanks Eirian for your help and guidance.
Pat Littlejohn - renown climber
Pilates at Beacon Climbing Centre
NEW Pilates on the ball. Every Monday 8:00pm – 9:00pm (from Monday 15th May). £7 per session. Please pre-book HERE as places are limited.
Every Wednesday 10:30am – 12:00. £7 per session.
Every Wednesday 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Welsh Language – also open for Welsh learners). £5 per session.
Every Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:00pm. £5 per session.
Every Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm. £5 per session.
Saturday 30th December 1:00pm – 2:00pm. One-off session. Booking not required.
Never tried Pilates before and want to book a private introductory session with Eirian? Eirian is also bilingual and can conduct sessions in Welsh or English.
1 hour private introduction £36 – your first group session is free after this. 45 minute private introduction £30 – your first group session is free after this.
Eirian Roberts, AISTD (Associate Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance), Member of R E PS (Register of exercise professions Level 3), Member of Fitness Wales, (Fitness instructor of the year Nominee 2006). Trainer and assessor for Fitness Wales, responsible for Pilates instructor training in North Wales.
Eirian trained at the famous “Laine Theatre Arts” College, Surrey. After completing her three year course, Eirian went on to become a professional dancer and choreographer, working in theatre and television here in the UK and abroad specializing in playing Principal Boy in pantomime (oh yes she did!). Eirian has been responsible for choreographing many UK tours, pantomimes and summer seasons for artistes such as Ken Dodd, Frank Carson, Danny La Rue and Russell Grant. She has also worked alongside Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace on the UK launch of their Zalza fitness dvd.
Eirian set herself up as Eirobics, a freelance fitness instructor and personal trainer in 2004 teaching all fitness disciplines, but specializing in the use of Pilates and somatic work for the management and relief of chronic pain and rehabilitation.