It’s Pilates – but not as you know it.
And instructor Lynda Holmes is hoping it will prove a big hit on the Fylde coast.
Lynda, who has been a fitness instructor for 29 years, has become one of the first in the area to be trained in and start teaching a new type of exercise class, Trigger Point Pilates.
The sessions use prickly massage balls, foam-rollers and bands to stretch and release muscles.
Lynda, 62, who teaches classes across the Fylde coast – everything from Pilates to aqua aerobics – said: “We use a series of exercises which flow right from the start to the finish, to reduce muscle tension and address trigger point pressure areas.
“A trigger point is a tight area in the muscle tissue which can cause pain in other parts of the body.
“For example, a trigger point in the buttocks can lead to issues with the hips and lower back.
“Trigger Point Pilates was designed by Lydia Campbell, who trains instructors to teach it and I feel proud to be one of the first in Lancashire to have done the training.
“I guide people through it, demonstrating the exercises and then I check class members’ technique, and make adjustments if people need them.
“We get deep into the muscle fibres, doing myofascial release.
“The fascia is the covering of the muscle, it’s like webbing, like a cobweb.
“Over time it can become knotted, can get solidified and cause the muscle to become tight.
“This helps to release the muscle fascia.
“The class is great for relaxation and it’s great for people who perhaps sit at a desk all day and develop tightness in their chest, upper back, shoulders and hips.
“It’s also really good for those who do a lot of sport or exercise and work their muscles a lot.
“Trigger Point Pilates can help to relieve chronic pain and restructure the body.
“It works on agility, mobility and flexibility.
“It’s suitable for all ages and any fitness level – people just have to be able to get themselves down to and up off the floor, although there’s not a lot of getting up and down – we do some standing and some floor exercises.
“We cover the whole body, doing exercises for the front of the body, the back and the sides.
“I use the techniques myself and I definitely feel the benefit.”
Lynda will be teaching Trigger Point Pilates at: DW Fitness, Vicarage Lane, Marton, Thursdays, 9.30am – DW members only; Marton Methodist Church, Midgeland Road, Mondays, 10.45; and the White Church, Clifton Drive, Fairhaven, Tuesdays, 6.30pm. The cost is £6 per class.
Lynda is also offering small group or one-to-one sessions for those interested – as the equipment is portable, she can bring it to their homes. Call (01253) 403273 or 0753 3012494.