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Free Pilates to combat arthritis

Created on 29/01/2022 @ 09:53


In a bid to keep people moving, a national charity is offering free exercise classes for people in Powys living with arthritis and other conditions.

Organised by Cymru Versus Arthritis - as part of its Welsh Government funded CWTCH project - a six-week course in Pilates will be held online, designed for those with arthritis as well as musculoskeletal conditions or related issues such as gout, fibromyalgia, hypermobility and lupus. 

The classes are being highlighted by the Welsh Government’s Help Us Help You campaign which aims to encourage everybody to make small and easy-to-achieve lifestyle changes which can make a big difference to our health and wellbeing.

These free online sessions are open to adults of any age in Powys but spaces are limited. They will take place every Tuesday between 11.30am–12.30pm from February 22 to March 29.

Versus Arthritis’ Zoe Thomas is a Service Coordinator for Powys and said: “Often, when we are in pain or we have a long-term condition, we stop moving because we worry we’ll aggravate it further.

“However, the research shows us that exercise really helps. We have run similar courses in Tai Chi and yoga which have proved really popular. Our hope is that if we offer different types of exercise, people will give them a try and hopefully carry on after our online sessions.”

Pilates focusses on balancing the body and improving your posture which is particularly helpful as we get older as it can reduce the risk of falls. It can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Sandi Coppi, 75, lives in Montgomery and is Versus Arthritis’ Lead Volunteer for the Montgomery OUCH Support Group. She and added: “I’ve had arthritis since I was in my forties and I have tried everything! Sometimes, you can be in so much pain that it’s hard to move but once you make yourself, you’re in a better place and you can move more easily. The important thing is to keep up the exercise.

“I started the Ouch group four years ago because I know a lot of people in Montgomery who live with arthritis and it’s a great way to meet new people. Covid has disrupted things over the last couple of years so we are really excited to get back to normal and we’re really pleased that we can continue with online classes.”

For more info on classes or support groups in your area contact: / 0800 756 3970 or visit

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