Pilates classes have started in Raglan this week.

Whaingaroa Physiotherapy is proud to finally be able to reintroduce these classes which proved enormously popular and successful in the past.

The classes will be led by Jenny Watts who has completed her renowned STOTT Pilates instructor training earlier this year and has been practicing as a qualified physiotherapist for the past 13 years.

Pilates is well known for its success in helping relieve spinal pain and strengthening the core. In fact, Pilates is known to increase performance in other sports too and even help with that tricky pelvic floor. Getting those pre-baby abs back is another benefit, says Jenny who has an eight month old baby herself. But Pilates is not just for women.

According to the head STOTT Pilates instructor in New Zealand, the exercises are usually more challenging for men and therefore men should also be attending the classes.

Technique is everything, states Jenny, and that why it is so important to have a properly trained instructor. The classes will be capped to 12 participants to allow Jenny to correct and modify the exercises for individual needs. Two classes per week will be held on Monday mornings at 9.15 and Tuesday evenings at 6.00, with the hope to add more classes as demand allows.

Bookings are essential and can be made through Whaingaroa Physiotherapy by phoning 825-0123 or by stopping in at 12 Wallis Street between 8am and 5pm.