Welcome to Viva Pilates

Why should you do a Viva Pilates Course?

Well that is easy, if you want to improve your flexibility, get rid of those persistent aches and pains, reduce the likelihood of injuries from other intense fitness activities, feel stronger, leaner, taller and have a greater sense of wellbeing, then our Viva Pilates courses will help you improve your strength of body and mind. We ensure that from the first session our class and exercises work for you so that you work at the correct level for your ability even in a mixed group.

From the courses you will:-

  • Improve your posture
  • Learn how to relax through breathing more deeply
  • Move more freely, letting go of tensions and restrictions
  • Get a great understanding of what Pilates is about and what it can do for you

Pilates is not a form of exercise that can be learnt within a few months, it is an ongoing education that becomes part of your lifestyle to help you improve and maintain your flexibility as you grow older, looking after your spine and joints.

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About Me

My name is Helen Barness and I am Pilates & Wellbeing Coach specialising in mobility, movement and mindset, helping clients to move more easily and freely. I have worked in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and decided to focus more on Pilates and mobility in the last decade as I felt this was the way forward as we age to help improve mobility and movement. I also believe it is very important to work on mindset and develop your relationship with your body so that you tune into a better quality of movement and wellbeing.

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New month, new focus, breathing

Good morning, how has your week been? I’m getting back into training but not just Crossfit, I am making more time for my Pilates training as I have been neglectful and with an intermediate matwork course looming ahead in the next few months,…

How hard do you work for your health?

Hard work – just what are we really prepared to do when it comes to our health?   I read a lot of health and fitness information because information is always changing as studies continue and begin to show results or not as…

Just what’s all the fuss about the menopause?

Just what’s all the fuss about the menopause? Did you see recently in the press and finally on mainstream TV a documentary on the menopause this week. Talking about the time in women’s lives that seems to:- Make us hot …

How do you stay fit at any age?

How do you stay fit at any age? Do you consider what type of exercising you should be doing as you age so that you age well? Or do you just keep doing the same thing? I’m on my way towards 50, and during this 4th decade of my life from…

Is exercise really good for you?

Is exercise really good for you?   Let’s enter into the crazy world of health and fitness.       I’m going to the gym – I know shock horror as I’m not really a gym bunny you see. I don’t really like…

Pilates and Osteoporosis

Pilates and Osteoporosis How’s your week been? Last week I attended a workshop on Pilates for Osteoporosis to keep myself updated on any new information regarding this condition. It was an interesting workshop that reconfirmed many…

Why should you do Pilates?

I am a Pilates Instructor and have been for nearly a decade now (how time flies when you are getting older!) and one of the questions I get asked again and again is why should you do pilates with a close follow up question so what's the difference…

Do you need HELP?

Do you need HELP? Fitness fitness fitness – we are told every day to get fitter, stronger, healthier but how do we really do this? There’s nothing scarier than walking into a gym for the first time or going to that aerobic class when…
how Pilates can help you

Are you making this mistake?

Hello everyone I’ve just started reading a book called The World’s Fittest Book. It’s not about how you get fit as in do this, do that, but about all the different methods people use to get fitter, stronger, healthier. Ross Edgley…

Members of the Month! - Why Frances and David joined Viva

I'm pleased to announce that we have two members of the month  Frances and David Shaddock who attend the Monday and Wednesday Pilates sessions. Congratulations to them both on their attendance and continuing interest and love of Pilates.  So…

Three ways to reduce stress

Today I want to talk briefly about stress, unexpected events and how we deal with the unexpected challenges that stir that flight or fight response. Do you ever think about how you react to stressful situations - flight or fight – what is…

Are you socially engaged with yourself?

Are you socially engaged with yourself? No it’s not a trick question, I’ve just been putting together new pilates programmes for the next couple of months and decided that this month — June is going to be all about social engagement…
stretching

Moving away from pain part 2

Moving away from back pain – Part 2 So I’ve been talking about back pain, when it is important to seek help and the present information being published that physios feel you should be aware of when it comes to your back. In the articles…
Healthy spine and mindset

Moving away from back pain

I’m always reading about low back pain, new advice, new thinking, etc, to keep an open mind on how to try to deal with this huge issue. Backpain is still a leading cause of disability world wide so how can we start to move away from what…

Pilates Class Update

Class update Just thought I'd make sure you all know the dates over the next few months. FYI all classes have four sessions in February and in March Thursday gets 5. Feb Monday 5 / 12 / 19 / 26 Wednesday…
stretching

Progress not perfection this week!

This week is all about Progress not Perfection for me – what about you? We’ve talked about having hashtags as a means of goal setting and moving forward positively in 2018 but sometimes when we are trying to reach our goals, we can…
stretching

Well that was frustrating!

Well that was a bit of a wet weekend wasn’t it but even though the weather makes you want to stay in doors and drink hot chocolate, I thought I’d mix things up this weekend instead of doing the same old same old and although I did not…
stretching

Are we having a wobble?

As we fly through January how’s the health and fitness regimes going? Are they kicking in well and truly and you are on a high – results are looking good, or do you feel like you are on a sinking ship? There is so much mis-information…
stretching

Monday Motivation - what's your focus?

How are we today? I know it's Monday and it can be a tough one to get motivated for so I thought I'd let you know how I try to make the most of this day. So these are the things I do to get organised:- Firstly I have to prep on…
stretching

Are you tense?

It's been a great week back to pilates and fabulous that all classes are virtually full, in fact, Saturday morning is full so sorry no space till re-booking in February now for that one. I'm strongly encouraging all my clients to make…

What's your hashtag for 2018?

4 nights left till Christmas – are you all sorted? I hope so. I’m kind of there, just a few bits and bobs left to do. Did you see that the class timetable is up for 2018 – see website (www.vivapilates.co.uk) and some of you are taking…
stretching

A quick workout for you to do before work tomorrow

Try this quick and easy workout tomorrow morning...let me know if you try it... Set a timer on your phone for 40 seconds work 20 seconds rest......repeat these exercises all the way through 5 times 1. Jog on the spot 2. Walking lunges 3.…
stretching

Why have a Biomechanic Assessment

As a Specialist Biomechanics Coach™ our skills are in identifying biomechanical areas at risk of injury within your body (pelvis, spine, shoulders, knee, feet, joints, muscles and nerves). What is involved in an assessment? It is a manual…
stretching

**** Retreat time ***

I am happy to announce that next year's Retreat in France is sold out (within a couple of weeks of us advertising it). So we are now thinking of maybe doing a UK based retreat with Pilates, Yoga and some Aqua. Please let me know if this would…
stretching

Getting rid of belly fat

How to get rid of Belly Fat... Its a question I get asked a lot.... How can I lose inches off my tummy?? How can I reduce bloating?? How can I fit in my jeans better??? I think most of us know now that this starts in the kitchen...all the…
stretching

How's your stomach?

I don't know whether you realise or not but 95% of the population have problems with their gut health and a good proportion suffer from what is known as 'leaky gut' Sounds gross but it is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes permeable…
stretching