Your body is made to move to maintain good health externally and internally. Being constantly on the go can be exhausting, however healthy and correct movment is liberating and energising. Your body and systems know what to do with help from you. Keep your internal organs well-nourished with blood and oxygen, the muscles supple and strong, the mind alert and balanced. Our goal at 4U Pilates & Wellbeing is to educate and support you to move and feel better for the rest of your life.
At 4U Pilates & Wellbeing your first session will be an initial assessment to provide a baseline of your existing movement patterns. This baseline allows goals to be set with your instructor. Healthy movement patterns can be restored using a variety of methods. Your first session will start you on your journey, learning the basic ABCs' alignment, breathing and connecting with your body. With your instructor’s guidance, a plan to keep moving forward to achieve your goals can be decided. In between instructed sessions there will be moves, sequences and practises to do.
We recommend a movement session first to assess your alignment and movement patterns. Then your personal programme can be designed to achieve your goals. This could be manual treatments, movement sessions or a combination of both.
At 4U Pilates & Wellbeing our manual treatments include Melt Method, scar tissue work, soft tissue release, Reiki and massage These treatments are recommended if you are experiencing strain, tension, limited movement range, achy stiff joints, muscle cramps or as a result of your initial assessment. Treatments can help to alleviate all of the above.
Manual treatments will be with a qualified practitioner. The treatment can be 60 or 90 minutes in length. Massage treatments require you to undress to your underwear. Reiki sessions require you to remain fully clothed except for shoes. Long hair is to be tied back. Please ensure you complete the online form beforehand.
Yes. The initial assessment at 4U Pilates & Wellbeing will enable us to recommend the most appropriate class for you. It is crucial to know your baseline and get you heading in the right direction.
Yes. At 4U Pilates & Wellbeing our role is to help you get back on track and enjoy an active independent lifestyle. Please note that written permission is required from your consultant before you can start or resume session with us.
Absolutely. At a time when you and your body are going through incredible changes, 4U Pilates & Wellbeing can help you stay strong and support you through pregnancy and beyond. Treatments are tailored to where you are in your pregnancy, to assist with circulation, to nourish, relax areas understrain, create more space to move and assist better breathing. Written permission is required from your consultant before you can start or resume sessions. Please notify our instructors of where you are in your natal journey so modifications can be made when attending private sessions or group classes. Please inform your practitioner if you feel discomfort during or after a session, if symptoms persist we advise you consult a medical practitioner.
Our expert practitioners and instructors have varied levels of experience, different backgrounds, training and expertise. Every one has a passion for movement and has in-depth knowledge of anatomy, to help you connect to and love your body. You will be guided by your needs to the best qualified instructor or practitioner to help you move and feel better for the rest of your life.
Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, it is a medically endorsed mind and body exercise system designed to optimise physical fitness in people regardless of physical ability and age. It works inherently on the bones, muscles and soft tissues and is based on the 6 core principles of breath, concentration, centering, control, precision and flow. Joseph Pilates designed the large equipment during WWI whilst working in a hospital, with patients unable to walk. He attached springs to hospital beds to help support patient’s limbs leading to the development of the ‘Cadillac’ and ‘the Chair’. Now we have the ‘Tower Reformer’, ‘Reformer’ and ‘Barrel’ too. The health benefits of Pilates include: improved flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved posture, improved physical coordination and balance, increased lung capacity and circulation, improved concentration, stress management and relaxation. A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches. Each exercise is performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and muscle control.
Developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui, Reiki is a non-invasive, energy transference based alternative treatment. Deriving from the Japanese words for ‘universal’ (Rei) and ‘energy’ (Ki), it involves the transference of energy through the practitioner to the client and it may be felt as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations or nothing at all. The practitioner places his/her hands on or near the fully-clothed client’s body in positions at the head, neck, shoulder, chest, stomach, pelvis, top of thighs, ankles and feet. The energy travels through and around the body to release, replenish and rebalance ‘Ki’ of the soft tissue skeletal and physiological systems. Reiki can help to create deep relaxation, release stress, and help healing after injury or operations. Reiki Workshops are available to teach you personal growth, self-healing, relaxation techniques and the function of Ki in your life.
All the massage treatments and 4U Pilates & Wellbeing work on the ‘hands-on’ manual manipulation of soft tissue structures; muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and fascia. A variety of techniques, depth of pressure, pace, rhythm, vibration and compression are used primarily by the hands but can also engage forearms and elbows. Massage increases fluid flow to tissue, improves tissue elasticity, reduces muscle tension, spasms, stress, anxiety, scar tissue. The changes in the relationship between the soft tissue structures and bones promote better alignment, health, wellness and strain distribution. Powerful, therapeutic grade essential oils can be used to enhance the massage and its benefits. Raindrop Technique can clean out, erase and restore you at a cellular level whilst the use of tuning forks allows sound vibration to travel through the body, encouraging the integration of energies at a cellular level of your body and mind.
Movement repatterning is a unique 5-phase method of rehabilitation and neuromuscular movement re-education using functional movement. There are 3 different programmes available at 4U Pilates & Wellbeing, namely Rehabilitation and Movement Repatterning, Movement and Falls Prevention and Dynamic Movement Skills. These programmes can also be combined and all include a functional movement assessment and rehabilitation analysis, walking and postural assessments. There is also a walking re-education programme.
Melt Method refers to the simple and effective self-care treatment created by Sue Hitzman that works on the neurofascial system (nervous system and connective tissue system) using four different balls on the hands and feet plus a soft foam roller. The 4R principals of MELT are to ‘Reconnect’ to the body, ‘Rebalance’ the nervous system, ‘Rehydrate’ the connective tissue and ‘Release’ stuck stress and compressed joints. This method of self-care can be customised to your specific needs and its benefits include: improving your body’s physical performance, decreasing the risk of repetitive stress injuries and even eliminating chronic pain.
Your body is constantly evolving and changing. From as early as your 30’s, your body could be preparing for the menopause. 4U Pilates & Wellbeing invites you to educate yourself and understand what changes are occurring, the signs and symptoms, how to help yourself be/stay active, strong, full of vitality and to replenish and restore yourself during this time of your life. This online course aims to help you boost your energy levels, check hormone imbalances, exercise effectively, manage weight, and attain good pelvic, heart and gut health. It will also teaches you how to strengthen bones and muscles and sleep better. Reboot, restore and nourish with relaxation and stress management solutions. We can help you to be confident in your abilities to forge solid foundations, restore and recharge your body as it changes, ready to live life to the full. Once this online course is completed, live sessions will be available too at 4U Pilates and Wellbeing.
Rise up and Rebel against the idea that getting older equals body wearing out, a downward spiral with no change. Proactive self-care goes a long way to toward keeping you pain-free and active for your lifetime. Let your golden years be a celebration and demonstration of your uniqueness and vibrancy. Learn how to strengthen bones and muscles, remain agile, maintain good foot and hand health to keep you balanced, walking tall and keeping those hands nimble and responsive to everyday tasks. Learn to use it or lose it. Educate yourself and understand what changes are occurring, signs and symptoms, how to help yourself be/stay active, independent, strong, full of vitality and flourishing with this online course. We can help you to be confident in your abilities to maintain your independent active lifestyle, by providing simple solutions, proactive steps, to restore and reactivate ready to live life to the full. Once completed live sessions will be available too.
At 4U Pilates & Wellbeing, small group studio classes are designed to build strength, increase flexibility, alleviate aches and pains, restore ideal alignment using the Cadillac, Tower Reformer, Chair and Barrell. Classes consist of 55 minutes of movement sequences and exercises designed to offer greater degrees of progression, adaptability and intensity that fast-track improvements, whether objectives are general, personal, rehabilitative or elite performance training. Group classes can also use the Treadmill and Repatterning Mats. Each class is varied, has a maximum of 5 people, gives a full body workout with the benefits of individual attention and the support of group camaraderie.
Your initial assessment enables our team to determine the classes that best suit you. If you are new to a method, equipment or the studio, it is recommended you start with a private session before joining a group class.
Individual sessions maximise success in reaching your goals, practice in between sessions and follow on recommendations are given to create healthy movement patterns, improve gross motor skills, rhythm, co-ordination, walking, balance, reduce stress, tension and more. You can add in group sessions and online courses afterwards to enhance your training.
The results from your initial consultation and your goals will be incorporated in this 55 minutes long session. Having already created a plan, mapped out your journey and the timescale required to achieve it, you will now start to execute movement sequences and exercises designed to help you attain what it is you want to achieve.
You will need to have completed the initial client consultation form. The free courses and quiz to help you understand the importance of your health and wellbeing, the steps required to make changes, where you currently are in your wellbeing journey and if you choose to make changes, where you wish to get to.
Please wear clothing that is comfortable, easy to move in, workout or active leisure wear are appropriate. Socks with grip pads or bare feet are also required. No shoes are allowed in the studio and long hair must be tied back for your session. Please note, the studio is not equipped with changing facilities or shower. However, there is a restroom located just outside the studio with disabled access.
We recommend 5-10 minutes and that you book and that you have paid for your session in advance.
We accept all major credit and debit cards. Full payment is due when booking your session.
Yourself, a water bottle and towel, if needed.
Yes, 4U Pilates & Welling offers a fully equipped studio with a Cadillac, Tower reformers, Pilates chairs, Ladder barrels, Arcs, plus small equipment e.g. balls, bands, rings and weights. We also have a treadmill and bike(s) and out of courtesy to others we ask that you wipe down the equipment after use.
At 4U Pilates & Wellbeing full payment is required for all cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice. Treatments and sessions cancelled with more than 24 hours’ notice can be rescheduled providing there is availability. It is advised that you reschedule at the time of cancellation where possible.
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Location : 4U Pilates & Wellbeing, 3-4 West Street, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7PS