North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy was Established in 2009 by Lizzy Caldwell, Chartered Physiotherapist and Fully Certified APPI Pilates Instructor. With two dedicated Pilates studios providing Matwork and Reformer Pilates plus a busy Physiotherapy clinic we are considered to be the leading provider of Physiotherapy & Physiotherapist led Pilates in the Coleraine and North Coast Area.
Our Physiotherapists share a belief that Physiotherapy and Pilates works. Their specialist knowledge, passion, enthusiasm, and wealth of experience will ensure you reach all of your health, wellness, and fitness goals.
“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” – Joseph Pilates
These classes are based on the mat and follow a repertoire of APPI pilates method exercises. All classes are suitable for beginners. And can also be suitable for pregnant clients depending on their individual circumstances. The classes include exercises to improve spinal mobility, flexibility of the key trunk and lower limb muscle groups, body awareness, and postural awareness. As well as strengthening and toning all the parts of the body.
Various small pieces of equipment (soft balls, weighted balls, bands, circles) are used to further enhance the effects of the exercises, increase toning, and mix up the challenge.
Matwork classes are a great way to start your Pilates journey and best of all we have fun!
The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame.
Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations.
The Reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment and offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong muscles and bones. And there is a special feature, eccentric muscle contractions. The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.
Our reformer classes are suitable for beginners providing you don’t have any fresh injuries. Joining our Matwork classes first can be beneficial to learn the APPI Pilates method basics but not essential.
We also provide our unique Relax & Reform class, a 40 minute class, slower paced and aimed at individuals with joint problems, reduced flexibility or injury recovery.
Mum & Baby Classes
Pilates is a safe and effective way to target the exact muscles that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth. Benefits postnatally include: toning of abdominals and pelvic floor, help with regaining figure (in association with weight loss), assist in preventing incontinence, increase fitness, reduce anxiety and depression, hasten recovery after delivery, muscle strengthening, improved confidence.
Most women can start postnatal pilates at 6 weeks after a normal delivery, 12 weeks after a Caesarean Section. You can also bring your baby along to class and it’s an excellent way to meet other new mums.
One to One sessions can be started prior to these time scales and be individualised to your needs.
One to One Pilates or Private Groups
If you prefer to work on a one to one basis, with a friend or a group of friends then these sessions are for you. One to one sessions may be advised if you have a specific problem or need a specific rehabilitation following a surgery or injury. They allow for greater progression and more individualised exercises. If a bespoke programme is created for you, this can be emailed to you (pictures, written instructions, and videos) so you can continue with it at home. Small groups of 2 or more can be catered for both Matwork or Reformer Pilates. And can be tailored to specific groups eg sports teams or taken as a general session.