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Pilates for everyone says Barbara


Have you ever thought about exercising on a Cadillac, Trapeze, Reformer or Ladder Barrel or maybe hang upside down from the ceiling?

Barbara Faust-Heffner migrated to New Zealand from Germany in 2006 pioneering Nordic Walking in New Zealand and bringing skills relating to personal fitness instruction and group dynamics.

She founded Bream Bay Pilates and Fitness that same year so has given years of service in helping people of all ages and all fitness levels from young teens to octogenarians plus specialised classes for Parkinson’s patients and men.

Her mat and studio classes emphasise improving posture, strengthening muscles and improving joint flexibility relieving back pain, pain from injury, optimising sports performance or simply a need to stay active.

Pilates can ease or treat a large number of pelvic, muscular and skeletal problems both through exercise and corrective breathing.

Barbara became further inspired by a Cirque du Soleil performance and has adapted her own training schedule to include a number of new poses using ‘floating’ aerial techniques as well as traditional Pilates thus better able to treat a wider range of injuries or introduce a new and varied regime of exercises.

She makes an assessment of an individual and draws an exercise plan to suit but may also consult with her network of professionals – doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists – in order to meet her clients specific needs.

She will then explain her diagnosis and correlate their fitness goals into a personalised Pilates programme which may involve one-on-one sessions until ready to move into a small studio class or bigger mat class.

“The important thing is to challenge yourself within your own ability and improve fitness as you go,” she says.

Floating fitness involves a sequence of poses inspired by traditional Pilates as well as modified circus aerial techniques on a low rigged silk hammock. She set her first sessions at the end of 2013 and they have proved very popular again adapting the routine to her clients ability.

“It is for everybody,” says Barbara “from the client who is recovering from an injury to the accomplished dancer who is looking for a new challenge. Pilates is fun, safe, challenging, and relaxing.”

Weekly classes are held behind Waipu 4 Square on Thursdays.

“I am very grateful to the Caledonian Society and The Presbyterian Church people who are very supportive of my work,” she says.

NEW TECHNIQUES: Barbara’s mat and studio classes are designed to meet the specific needs of the client.
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