The Art of Movement
About Jennie Dunn
I have always had a passion for fitness but didn’t discover Pilates until I was suffering with lower back pain and shoulder tension when I decided to give it a go. Not only did Pilates help to alleviate my back and shoulder condition but I discovered flat abs! I fell in love with Pilates so much so that I decided to leave the Corporate world of IT sales and retrain to teach Pilates.
I am a fully qualified Level III (Advanced) Mat Pilates Instructor with additional specialisms in pre and post natal and common orthopaedic conditions.
In order to further develop my teaching quality and ability, I continue to study and undertake research.
I also work closely with medical professionals so that I can help those who require rehabilitation.
My classes are mat based sometimes using small equipment to add variety, raise body awareness and challenge the body in a slightly different way.
Small group classes mean I can offer a personalised service. I also offer individual bespoke sessions.
I teach at a number of locations around Warwickshire and the West Midlands, including Solihull and Henley-in-Arden. Please see my class timetable for details.
All equipment will be provided but for hygiene reasons, please bring your own mat to the class.
All classes must be pre-booked as spaces are limited. Please email me at email@example.com or call me on 07860 139680 for more information and to book. Click on the venue name to view a map of its location.
BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE MAT PILATES
Suitable for those who are new to Pilates or have been practising pilates for a while as all exercises will be modified/adapted to suit multiple levels. This class will not only reshape your body but it will help to improve strength, flexibility, stability and posture and is a great way to relieve any unwanted stress and tension. Small equipment will sometimes be used to challenge the body in a slightly different way, helping to aid body awareness and to add variety and fun to the class.
PERSONALISED 1:1 SESSIONS
If you are recovering from an operation or injury or would prefer to gain an understanding of the pilate basics first before attending a group class, then a personalised session might be best for you.
booking class and payments
A taster class costing £7.50 is available to try out pilates with no obligation, following which you will be invited to join a course of eight classes. This will secure your place in the class. However, courses must be booked and paid for in advance. A course costs £60.00 (£7.50 per class). Two classes per course may be cancelled for holidays providing the dates are given at the time of booking the course and your fee will be reduced accordingly. Once booked, these dates may not be changed.
If you wish to join a course after the start date, you will pay for the remainder of that course and be entitled to one cancellation providing the date is booked at the time of payment.
Class fees are non-refundable so if you are unable to attend classes for any reason other than the two pre-notified dates, you will lose your fee. If you choose to leave during a course, you will not be entitled to a refund.
If I am unable to teach a class an alternative fully qualified instructor will be provided and no fee will be refunded. If however I am unable to find a replacement instructor or if due to circumstances beyond my control eg weather conditions or illness prevents me from taking the class, you will receive a refund.
Please complete and bring a health questionnaire with you to your first class.
NB Classes run continuously throughout the year.
“I was introduced to Pilates a few years ago by a friend who heard I was suffering with lower back pain. I soon found that the Pilates exercises helped release the tension while at the same time improving my flexibility, core strength and posture. When my regular class unfortunately stopped, I was really concerned that I wouldn’t find an instructor as good but thankfully, I found Jennie! Jennie is an excellent teacher giving individual guidance when needed and allowing everyone to work at a level they are comfortable with. Jennie makes the class enjoyable and relaxing, while still focusing on getting the core principles of Pilates right. I’m looking forward to progressing the exercises with a patient and dedicated instructor supporting me along the way.”
“While recovering from an illness I have found Pilates to be very helpful as it has improved my strength, flexibility and balance. Jennie is very patient and always offers a variation of each exercise so that everyone can take part, even if they have physical limitations”
“I’m so pleased to have found Jennie. Her classes are amazing. She is friendly and welcoming and all the classes are well structured and tailored to suit all abilities. Everybody looks forward to their weekly pilates lessons”
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. He believed mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating what is a method of total body conditioning. Pilates uses correct alignment, centring, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish a perfect working body from the inside out.
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. Pilates classes build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening of the muscles.
Who Can Do Pilates?
Whether you are a senior or just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment with a body/mind integrative approach makes Pilates accessible to all.
The Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. It can be used to progress individuals through movements that represent their day-to-day activities. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain
The Benefits of Pilates
- Improves posture
- Develops a strong and efficient core
- Improves overall muscle balance and creates long and lean muscle tone
- Increases flexibility including the spine
- Improves stability and motion of the joints
- Helps to relieve stress and tension
- Builds a better balance and co-ordination
- Helps maintain and can improve bone density
- Increases body awareness
- Encourages efficiency of movement and improves day-to-day movement