Caroline’s classes are at the gentler end of the spectrum, suitable for those with some basic to intermediate experience.
Comfortable, loose clothing or sportswear should be worn, and participants are required to bring their own equipment – mat, block, cushion and Pilates ball.
Pilates is a non-aerobic form of exercise suitable for absolutely anybody who wants to either stay fit, improve performance or recover from injury or restricted movement. It is also an excellent partner to any other fitness regime as it stabilizes and supports the body’s structure. The Pilates method aims to strengthen the body from the spine outwards by restoring and building deep muscular infrastructure which supports the skeletal system. Through a wide variety of controlled exercises based on repeated postural and breathing techniques, muscles are retrained to move more efficiently. This improves strength, stamina and flexibility and encourages ease of movement for everyday activity.
Caroline Cooper was formerly a professional dancer but, after serious injury, used Pilates to return to full health and subsequently qualified as a teacher in both studio and mat work aspects with ‘Pilates International’ in Highgate. She has completed further general and specialist training through various major schools and runs a number of teacher training events as well as contributing to the curriculum. She teaches at various locations and clubs around south west London and has been at The Avenue Club since September 2015.