Mat Classes

A carefully thought out programme could be of extreme benefit and will help to increase bone density. Exercises could be performed standing, or even seated on a chair.

Pilates focuses on control and stability, which is crucial for the older adult. Pilates can help to improve body awareness, muscular strength and endurance, range of motion, co-ordination and motor fitness. It can also enhance functional movement, including balance and posture. With this in mind, it is understandable that the older population are drawn to the Pilates technique.

Pilates can also be extremely beneficial for sufferers of arthritis. As Pilates helps to mobilise the joints and develop range of motion, this can relieve stiffness and reduce pain helping to maintain normal joint movements. Modifications such as the use of cushioning under the knees and wrist for some exercises may make the exercise more comfortable for our clients.

When teaching Pilates to older adults you will have modification to hand. The use of small equipment may help to aid body alignment, offer support and control or just to make the positioning a little more comfortable for the client. The use of dyna-bands, small balls, cushions and our thick Pilates mats will all help make your experience more enjoyable. Our Chairs, Stools and Arcs will be always available for those that cannot get up and down from the floor. At Zoe Hodgson Pilates, we bank on giving you as many as alternatives available for those struggling.

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 70 you are young.”

– Joseph Pilates

Gentle Mat classes are recommended for those mastering proper technique to reap the benefits of group classes. This class is also suitable for those who’ve been inactive, recovering from injury, managing long term pain and conditions or simply preferring to exercise at this level. This series helps participants develop true core strength and stability while heightening mind-body awareness. These components are the building blocks for better posture, balance and movement. Props add variety and build familiarity for more challenging classes.

Intermediate Classes establishes stamina, continual movement and works every muscle of the body ensuring it is both stretched and strengthened.

This no-nonsense Class is fit for anyone wanting a class designed to keep your body in motion with minimal rest between exercises, targeting the muscle means you’ll see tighter tummies, lifted bottoms and longer, leaner muscles. Ultimate Challenge, systematically challenges and fatigues the body for optimal results; this class seeks to build strength in support of muscle tone, fat loss and postural support.

This is a total body workout designed to build endurance, enhance flexibility and strengthen and tone using carefully selected exercises to help stretch and lengthen the body. This series focuses on fluidity, endurance and strong transitions.

Intense Mat Class energises both your body and mind with this fluid but powerful class and see how the Zoe Hodgson Method brings strength & control to the body and peace to the mind. This challenging class includes all components of fitness training – the pace and fluidity of the sequences will enhance flexibility, and the controlled stationary holds result in improved total-body strength. Discover how this unique program can be potent adjunct to your traditional Pilates practice. You need to be injury free.

Prices from £12

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Who is it for?

If you have never tried Pilates and would like to start, perhaps done private lessons but would like to see what it’s like in a class environment, or if you already attend regular classes but would love to learn more about the basics again. By the end of this workshop, you should have the following knowledge and abilities:

A clear understanding of Pilates fundamentals ABCs; Alignment, Breathing, Centring
Basic knowledge of how the ABC’s connect and strengthen the deep, postural ‘core’ muscles
Basic knowledge of different starting positions of Pilates exercises
Familiarity with targeting specific muscle groups and movement in different directions
Confidence in how to create a ZHP account, how to pay for and sign up for a Pilates class and cancel if necessary
A clear understanding of how Zoe Hodgson Pilates classes and private lessons can be booked and the different levels available

The programme has been created from the Zoe Hodgson Pilates Method, Body Control Pilates and APPI Pilates for Beginners.
You can choose to attend one or as many times as you like.

These one and a half hour workshops with Lynn Hammond is a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP, HCPC registered and full certified Pilates APPI Instructor with over 35years NHS and private hospital experience will begin with informing you about the relevant anatomy and some common problems, conditions and injuries that occur. You will find out how Pilates can aid your rehabilitation and reduce the recurrence of injury or pain as well as hearing about current thinking and evidence based treatments.

You can bring pen and paper to make notes and chairs will be available. You will then experience some specific Pilates exercises that retrain your stability, alignment, movement, flexibility and strength plus some useful modifications to use in class.

Workshops to look out for:

Pilates and your Back

Pilates and your Neck and Shoulder region

Pilates and your Hip and Knee and Pilates

Bone Health & Osteoporosis Masterclasses Lynn writes manual for the NHS

We have created a list of workshops that focus on movements in the golf swing. They are all designed to improve strength, rotation, mobility and flexibility.

Linda Segerstam with over 30 years Golf experience has designed these masterclass to show you how you can strengthen your smaller muscles around the shoulders, back and knees so you can enjoy playing more golf without stress, injury or fatigue.

You will learn exercises for home designed to build strength in your core, back and legs – the areas that work hardest in golf.
Linda will show you how to lengthen the essential muscles properly after each day of golfing so that the strained muscles and joints are less likely to ache and you feel fully refreshed to play golf each day!

Linda worked with the Body Control Pilates team developing their Pilates for Golfers teaching programme. . She has been a golfer all her life, has been teaching beginner’s golf for many years and also holds a PGA qualification. Linda currently provides private lessons to Tour professionals as well as amateur golfers, runs classes at golf clubs, and works with corporations as part of their workplace wellness programmes. She is also involved in projects such as the Lady Golfer Magazine ‘This Girl Golfs’ events and National Golf Month supported by BGIA British Golf Industry Foundation.

Mindfulness Taster Classes – £15
Mindfulness Course email: [email protected]
SamMantra – my mantra, to a healthier, happier me.

Sam is trained to teach the MBSR programme and runs regular mindfulness-based intervention courses and classes in a public or workplace setting. Sam setup a wellbeing programme at the Medicine Garden in Cobham, offering stress management classes and wellbeing workshops that blend creativity and everyday mindfulness practices together.

Sam is passionate about helping to eliminate the growing disease of stress in society today and works with families and individuals suffering from the constant busyness and stress of life. She teaches regular mindful parenting courses and developed a wellbeing stress management programme for Nuffield Health, in Surrey. In addition, she runs bespoke workshops for Kingston Carers and offers parent and teacher mindfulness sessions within schools. Sam also recently presented at the national Mindful Living Show in London. Sam adheres to the good practice guidelines for mindfulness-based teachers in the UK.

8 week Mindful Based Stress Reduction Programme MBSR include Silent Retreat day.
Finding Peace in a Frantic World – An 8 week beginners course in Mindfulness for wellbeing and health.

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Our Studio

Please note that we are very inclusive studio, we have clients from 14 – 80 plus years old, men and women, and client levels from the extremely injured to the extremely fit. 

Mat Classes use both the Pilates Mat, as well as small apparatus – Pilates Circles, Balls, Bands, Pilates Arc, Hand Weights, Oval Balance Pads and Foam Rollers – to support AND challenge you.

General Practitioners, Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Doctors say regular Pilates can improve quality of movement, alignment with emphasis on length, breath, posture, muscle tone working from the core, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension.  

Among a number of benefits, Pilates can improve:

Core mobility & strength
Body awareness
Correction of Alignment