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Face-to-face events are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 measures.

Pilates is about core stability. With regular application, as your core strength develops so will stability throughout your entire torso, which can help with some of the mobility and postural issues of Parkinson’s. It also works to promote flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. By helping reduce the effort placed on the body during everyday activities it can also help lower fatigue levels.

While the regular on-site Branch activities are suspended due to the coronavirus situation, our Pilates Instructor Sasha Baggaley is creating short exercise videos to help keep people moving and active – they are for everyone not just regular class participants. If equipment is needed, this is mentioned at the start of each video, so you can pause it and get set up, but in general not much equipment is required and anything that is, should be available in your home.

If interested in live Pilates sessions with Sasha via the Zoom platform, please contact Sasha via Sasha is also keen to introduce an online Beginners’ class for those who are new to Pilates or have not worked with Sasha before.

As the Branch is supporting facilitators’ online work, you may consider making a donation to the Branch via our JustGiving page but please do not add Gift Aid as the Branch is not allowed to claim it where a service has been provided in relation to a donation. It would also help our Treasurer if you identified the activity e.g. Pilates.

Always work in a safe space and within your capabilities. See also our ‘Coping with Coronavirus Situation page – Importance of (Safe) Exercise‘.

Sasha’s Videos

These can be viewed via the folder

Anna, another of our Instructors, also posted videos at the start of the Covid restrictions:

Gentle Seated Pilates 2: (15mins)

Gentle Seated Pilates: (10mins)

Pilates Under Normal Circumstances

Sessions are:

MONDAYS with Sasha 2.45 – 3.45pm AND 4.00 – 5.00pm, Christchurch Morningside, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD.

FRIDAYS with Sasha 10am – 11am AND 12noon – 1pm, Morningside Parish Church, 2 Cluny Gardens, EH10 6BQ.

FRIDAYS with Anna 2-3pm in the Conservatory at Pollock Pavilion, 227 Ferry Road, EH6 4SP.

The contribution towards class costs is £3 per session bookable in a block, the length of which varies from term to term but the total for any block is based on £3 per session.

To find out more, please contact Sasha via

Neurodynamic Exercise

Sasha (also a neurophysiotherapist) has developed a Neurodynamic Exercise programme for the Branch based on her experience with Pilates, Neurophysiotherapy, and the philosophy, principles and research of PD Warrior which is an advanced programme incorporating both physical and cognitive activity for people in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s (mild to moderate symptoms). Sasha’s programme involves pre- and post-assessments.

To find out more, please contact Sasha via

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