The Pilates Studio Rhiwbina -
12A Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
We opened our small Pilates Studio in November 2015. Now we can bring even more of Pilates fantastic work to you in a different way, by teaching his equipment exercises to both new students and people that have practiced his mat work for years.
Just like mat work, working on Pilates specialist apparatus is safe and effective and easily adapted to suit your needs. We open at the Studio at alternative times to our other classes, giving you a wider choice of times to get to us. And, because you do not work as part of a group you can start at any time.
Joseph Pilates spent years developing his exercise technique called Contrology. Nowadays we know this simply as "Pilates". His mat classes are very popular, although less people are familiar with the work that he did using his carefully designed exercise equipment which he used in his own Studio.
Joseph Pilates himself built many movement aids to help his students perform his exercises. We use his Cadillac, Reformer and Wunda Chair exercises.
Equipment you will find at our Studio are adapted from his original ideas:-
The Cadillac - was derived from equipment he used as an internee at a prisoner of war camp in WW1. He used it when working with injured patients to help improve their strength and mobility.
A Cadillac looks a little like a single four poster bed. At the Studio we use versions designed for rooms with low ceilings.
We have three Spring Board / Towers that allow us to do most of his Cadillac exercises. The support offered by this equipment allows us as instructors to help and guide you through assisted movements to build strength and help mobility and co-ordination.
The Reformer - Joseph Pilates designed his Universal Reformer or Plie Machine in the 1930s after he moved to America and started working with professional dancers in his New York Studio.
It looks a bit like a rowing machine with either a metal or wooden frame and can be at different heights and has a moving carriage on wheels. This is moved by using ropes and springs that you control while performing each exercise.
Using a Reformer helps you to quickly develop good body awareness, strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. We use three different versions at the Studio.
The Wunda Chair - was designed and built for him to use with clients in their own appartments in New York. It is a compact chair shaped piece of equipment which provides resistance by the use of springs.
Working on The Chair requires good concentration, awareness of your core and adds vertical challenges to exercises to help increase strength, co-ordination, flexibility and balance. We have one at the Studio.
Arcs ,barrels, and boards – we also use other smaller inventions , mainly designed to help support the spine, aid deep abdominal exercise, stretch the body and help improve balance.
Studio sessions are for individuals (1 client to 1 teacher), or duos (groups of 2 clients to 1 teacher) and quads ( groups of 4 clients to 2 teachers), to ensure you can practice safely and effectively in the space we have availble.
In the Studio you will be supervised and working closely with us as your teachers. This means you can go at the pace that suits you and decide your own frequency of sessions. You can join the Studio at any time.
We open on an appointments only system. Studio sessions can be taken privately or simultaneously with other people that are also taking a Studio session. You can book for either 1-1 , duo or quad sessions and apointments are booked by us, in to the Studio diary in advance.
How to find us - The Studio is in Rhiwbina's busy shopping area at number 12A Beulah Road just two minutes walk from where we teach our mat classes in the village. We share the entrance with the business below us. The entrance is at ground level but you will find the Studio upstairs (over the hairdresser’s salon).
Rhiwbina is easy to get to by road, or by bus (23/23A) or train (Coryton Line) from central Cardiff.
Appointments – are arranged to fit around you and to coincide with our class timetables so Studio sessions are always booked ahead, by appointment, in the Studio diary.
If you are considering a duo or quad lesson you will need to find your own training partner or partners.
We are usually available for bookings on:-
Getting started – whether or not you have done Pilates, if you have not used this equipment before, we will show you the basics. You can do this straightaway by booking up for a Studio session.
To book, or if you have any other questions about the Studio
you can telephone us on 029 20 813696
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org