Pilates in Your Fifties and Beyond

Age in itself is not a limiting factor to the practice and enjoyment of Pilates. As Joseph Hubertus Pilates, the creator the Pilates method, is quoted as saying:

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

And Pilates himself practiced his method right up to his death in 1967 at the age of 87.

Public and gym Pilates classes may not suit everyone attending them. It may not suit you because of a particular concern you have over the best way to pursue this popular and potentially highly beneficial form of exercise. This becomes increasingly the case as the years advance.

For clients in their fifties and beyond, after consultation and careful assessment, I tailor Pilates programmes to suit their pace, physical condition and preferences for exercise.

We may conclude that the course of Pilates for you is one-to-one or a place on one of my small Pilates classes.

Alternatively some one-to-one clinical Pilates might be more appropriate if you have a particular condition requiring treatment.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is claimed to offer benefits for almost anyone of any age or fitness level:

  • Improving posture and balance
  • Improving strength and stamina
  • Heading off potential injuries by restoring the body's correct physical balances
  • Preventing back, neck and hip problems
  • Maintaining flexibility and movement
  • Maintaining functions essential to good health
  • Helping prevent osteoporosis.

If you have an ailment or condition that requires treatment, then ways in which Clinical Pilates may play a part include:

  • Aiding rehabilitation after strain, injury, illness or an operation
  • Relieving stress and improving sleep patterns
  • Incorporating functional exercises which mimic everyday movements
  • Treating back, neck and hip problems
  • Achieving faster results than those achieved through exercise- and class-oriented activities
  • A one-to-one relationship between client and practitioner, dealing with individual, rather than group, needs.

If you have an issue not covered in this list, and you want to explore the possibilities offered by Pilates, please contact me.

Your Assessment for Your Pilates

The evaluation is the most important aspect of your programme. At your first appointment I will ask a series of questions about your state of health and fitness, and then complete a full postural assessment.

The information gathered forms the basis of recommendations for a Pilates programme. Where necessary, I shall work with your osteopath, physiotherapist or GP to provide you with your ideal course of Pilates.

Private Studio

You assessment and Pilates sessions are carried out at my private studio, situated in peaceful surroundings in Hildenborough.

The Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells Area

Most of my clients live in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas—Brasted, Chiddingstone, Chipstead, Edenbridge, Fordcombe, Hadlow, Hildenborough, Ightham, Langton Green, Oxted, Pembury, Penshurst, Plaxtol, Rusthall, Shipbourne, Southborough, Speldhurst, Sundridge, Weald and Westerham.

However, others—particularly those seeking my range of skills in fitness and pilates training, massage and nutrition— come from farther afield.