This course has concessions available

Gentle Pilates

A series of gentle pilates exercises and stretches to strengthen the body, improve balance, co-ordination and increase flexibility. Please note, many exercises are mat-based, and therefore carried out on the floor.

Who is this course for

This Gentle Pilates course is suitable for those who wish to work at a gentler pace than in our other Pilates classes. Please note that the Tuesday class is a slightly longer class than the Thursday class.
If you have specific injuries or health problems please get advice from a medical practitioner before enrolling.

What does this course cover

You will have the opportunity to experience gentler Pilates exercises that reinforce the Pilates principles. We learn about posture and the core muscles of the body while helping build strength, flexibility and mobility. Where appropriate alternatives are offered but during the course we cover exercises that are carried out standing, seated, kneeling and lying down.
By the end of the course you should feel confident you know how to
- Engage the postural muscles of your core
- Carry out a range of Pilates moves displaying correct alignment and control of your body

What will it be like

- Tutor will be verbally and physically demonstrating the movements as the class join with her.
- Tutor will be giving verbal feedback as well as visual feedback to correct their movements and postures.
At the start: Tutor observes technique, student self assessment
On the course: Combination of instructor and student assessment on the techniques and moves.
At the end: As above

What else do you need to buy or do

Pilates mats and props are provided, those who wish to have extra padding can bring a large towel. Students should wear loose comfortable clothing and avoid eating a heavy meal before class.
Drinking Water: Students wishing to have water in the studio should bring a cup or bottle, as the fountain there is designed for filling only.

What this course could lead to

Continue with Pilates either at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
Places on the next term are not guaranteed, students who wish to continue must enrol in advance.


I have taken a lot of courses at the Mary Ward Centre, including Pilates, Yoga and Dance. They have all improved my wellbeing and the staff and tutors are supportive, helpful and humorous.



This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’