Amy Wood-Mitchell

Pilates with Amy

Sunday 10 -11am

Pregnancy Pilates

Tuesday 7.30 -8.30pm

Mum and Baby Pilates

Thursday 10.45 -11.45am and 12.15-1.15pm

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Welcome to Willow Body, a North East based Pilates company.

Our name is inspired by the willow tree, representing strength, stability, standing firm, whilst withstanding external challenges. We aim to reflect these values within our classes, helping you develop strength and increased-mobility through centring, control and flow.

What you can expect from our three classes:

Pilates - Sunday 10 - 11am

Mat Pilates is a form of exercise which focuses on strengthening and lengthening the body, enabling it to move efficiently.Exercises focus on the core, whilst training the whole body.The class will start with Alignment, Breathing and Activation of your core (ABC), before moving into a warm up. We’ll follow with a series of mat-based movements and conclude with a blend of static and progressive stretches. By the end of the class, your mind will feel relaxed and your body energised.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Strengthened core

Increased flexibility

Reduced back pain

Stabilised spine & improved posture

Mobilised Joints

Toned muscles

Increased stamina

Better sleep - and who doesn't want that!

Is it for me?

Because Pilates can be modified to provide either a gentle strength-training program or a challenging workout, this is suitable for all body types, regardless of prior experience or athletic ability. Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength and endurance moves.

Pregnancy Pilates - Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

Pilates is a form of exercise which focuses on maintaining strength and promoting correct posture, whilst preparing the body for childbirth. The functional moves during our classes are designed to foster mental and physical wellbeing during your pregnancy.

Pilates is widely associated with:

Improved balance

Strengthened pelvic floor

Reduced back pain

Stronger core and tummy

Relaxed state of mind

We begin with an introduction to you and your growing bump (you can share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with). We’re a supportive group, sharing stories, experiences and discussing anything on your mind. The class then starts with Alignment, Breathing and Activation of your core (ABC). We follow this with a series of movements, pelvic floor exercises and finally some relaxation. By the end of the class, you will feel lengthened, relaxed and energised. Furthermore, you'll find this a great opportunity to meet like-minded 'mums-to-be' (and take much-needed time out from your busy life)! Workouts are low impact putting minimal stress on joints, making them ideal prenatal women.

Mum & Baby Pilates - Thursday 10.45 – 11.45am

With or without your baby, the focus will be on dealing with issues which may have arisen during pregnancy and labour, in particular, targeting the weakened (potentially separated) abdominal muscles and stretched pelvic floor.

Each session starts with a check on Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation), warm up with emphasis on Pilates principles, alignment, breathing, core activation, followed by a range of conditioning exercises and a section concentrating on activation of the pelvic floor. Classes will be full of new mums, often looking for the chance to share their experiences, socialise and chat.

Other benefits include

Increasing full-body strength

Toning Muscles

Relaxed state of mind

Exercises will rebuild your deep abdominals, shoulders and hips, whilst stabilising the spine, assisting with back pain. You will feel lengthened, relaxed and energised after the class.

No one ever regretted trying Pilates. Looking forward to seeing you in on the mat.

Amy x