BRIGHTON AND HOVE'S ONLY DEDICATED BARRE & PILATES STUDIO
"Change happens through movement
and movement heals." (Aldous Huxley)
Amanda has 10 years experience as a Level 3 teacher in body-minded movement. Certified in Pilates Matwork and BarreConcept.
When we get hung up on posture and are intent on making what we perceive as “perfect” shapes with our bodies we ignore introspective feedback. In order to enjoy movement freedom Fascial integration explores the proprioceptive and introspective qualities of each movement and the intention behind them.
When our joints (and our minds) are stressed the fascia (which is our largest sensory organ) lays down collagen This results in areas of tension and restriction, which can translate into poor joint alignment and transfer negative force onto neighbouring structures, where it may be experienced as pain.
At BarreFlies we work with different modalities (Contemporary Pilates and Barre) that incorporate sequencing to promote positive force transmission, endurance strength and movement finesse in order to achieve strength, tone, flexibility, and, above all, resilience.
CHOOSE YOUR CLASS
Amanda doesn't believe in grading classes or ability based on your experience so you won't see classifications such as "beginner", "intermediate" or "advanced". Adaptability and resilience are two key properties of fascia (connective tissue) so it seems fitting that classes are not distinguished by levels but rather by the class pace and type of movements, eg cardio, core and strength-based movements.
Pilates & Fascia Flow (no music)
Give Pilates another chance! Have you lost interest in your usual Pilates matwork routine? Recognising the synergy of muscles and fascia (our largest sensory organ) . Barre movements (plie, releve, battements and retire combinations) are adapted for the mat and are combined with contemporary Pilates sequences. These exercises strengthen in all kinds of ways: active and relaxed lengthening with consciously releasing muscles. The movements are multidirectional and the results are boundless.
Myofascial training recognises the synergy of muscles and fascia. Through carefully planned movement sequences myofascial techniques address postural imbalances. Amanda combines multidirectional movements - namely stabilising, toning, pushing, pulling, counter-traction, active lengthening and expansion - to promote versatile muscle conditioning. The result? Fascia is more resilient, joint alignment is optimal and core strength and core stabilisation are well-balanced.
Pilates, Core & Myofascial Training
Cardio Barre &
Improve your fitness by repatterning contemporary workout styles through fascial adaptations. Enjoy a range of low impact exercise-to-music workouts that incorporate the grace of ballet and alignment of yoga with the finesse of Pilates. Includes a short matwork section to focus on upper body (deep core-abdominals and/ or arm lines). Best if you would prefer to focus on technique.
Cardio Barre (135-145bpm)
Primarily the same focus as the BarreConcept® workout, however the cardio format involves longer sections of barre choreography and more isometric contractions to raise the heart rate. Expect an energetic 45minute express format - longer format (55mins) includes a short matwork section.
I did ‘feel’ the class the next day with some aches around the hips, but that wore off fine after a day or so. And I think Amanda was just reminding my joints and muscles what they are supposed to be doing and their purpose in my body!
So, overall? Early days, glad to be part of the group, glad I waited and appreciated Amanda tailoring it for people like me, and looking forward to her skilfulness and patience to make me a better person. Well, I think that’s what the strapline said...?
Over the years I have, among other things, had a vehicle run over my legs, carried exceedingly heavy weights, fallen through a ceiling 9' backwards onto a concrete floor, and knocked myself out after tumbling headlong down a steep staircase. Despite considerable back problems from my youth, I consider myself fortunate to only have arthritis, scoliosis, and a full knee replacement.
However, I was very concerned that I was getting limited mobility, and encountering maneuverability problems with everyday tasks. I therefore knew I needed professional advice and support, but felt certain that I would be unable to do this by joining a group of people in a class.
Having discussed my concerns with my osteopath he told me about Amanda. This has proved to be the perfect solution, as she has worked out which pilates moves are appropriate for my specific problems. Amanda has built up a picture of my specific limitations, and has introduced movements of increasing degrees of difficulty, as I have become more mobile.
Additionally, the importance of the psychological benefits gained cannot be over emphasised. With encouragement to maintain practise in between sessions, and reinforcement during those to ensure that the right method, and process is being carried out.
When I first met Amanda I was struggling to put my car seat belt on. Actions speak louder than words, and I have recently achieved a life time ambition by climbing on top of a twin winged aeroplane, and wing walking. With Amanda 'the sky's the limit'!
February 10, 2012
Amanda’s classes were recommended to me by my chiropractor for a knee injury that has spanned 2 years and had stopped me doing any exercise at all for 6 months. The classes are challenging however Amanda makes them fun. She pushes your flexibility to another level. My posture and movement have now changed beyond recognition. This summer I trekked the Mont Blanc mountain range totally pain and injury free – I attribute this success to Amanda’s teaching.
I've been attending Amanda's Pilates and more recently BarreConcept classes for over two years and these sessions are now an important part of my regular fitness/general body maintenance regime.
The classes are friendly, yet challenging and Amanda instills a high level of self belief that enables you to set fitness goals that are within your grasp.