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"Physical fitness is the first
requisite of happiness"

- Joseph Pilates



Aura offers exercise programmes designed to suit your individual need for both male and females. Aura Fitness have drawn on the original ‘mix’ of Contrology and our experience to offer dynamic classes or VIP 1-2-1 sessions Pilates Therapy, Reformer Pilates, HIIT Pilates, Barre, Mat Pilates, Trigger Points and Mindfulness. The courses vary in style of exercise to suit those fit, with conditions or injuries. Our aim is to restore your health and fitness, inspiring you to a healthier lifestyle.

Aura was set up out of a passion to help others live an active life, providing education to prevent injuries and alleviate pain.

Founder, Deborah Armstrong says;

“After my second child, I developed a spinal problem which I recovered from by embracing Pilates to stabilise and strengthen my core. I then went on to train as a  fitness instructor and gained my Pilates certification. Over 8 years later I have developed a wealth of knowledge within the fitness industry.
In the last 3 years, my training has developed further into restoring and rehabilitation lead by Pilates; Therapies and Trigger Point Pilates. I achieved my Personal Training qualification and also Exercise referral. Due to occurring further injuries myself, I feel empathy for those who are injured or suffer conditions that appear to have no relief. The sessions I offer are designed to suit any skill or level helping people achieve a variety of goals. I work with clients after clinic to restore fitness but also with fit clients to PT and empower their fitness to full potential.”

Pilates Classes

Fitness Pilates - Intermediate / Advanced

These sessions are designed for those who want to try to prevent injury or improve core strength, spinal stability, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. In order to do everyday tasks, it is important to have a strong centre, your core muscles are like your body’s foundations. If they are weak then your body will find it more difficult and inefficient to do things like running, lifting, walking, playing sports. Core muscles are essential in all sporting activities and having a strong base on which you move can improve your performance in all activities.

The mixed ability class is suitable for those who are new to Pilates or have been participating in Pilates for a while. In fitness Pilates you will be shown three levels of the exercise the modified version, the intermediate exercise and the advanced. As the class numbers never exceed 12 clients, there is still lots of scope to tailor the exercises to suit everyone’s ability. There is a huge variety in quality of teaching in the Pilates world, and we have found that clients who have practiced Pilates elsewhere haven’t always been taught the basics of alignment and technique. Therefore you would be advised to join a Back care or beginners class firstly to be taught the basics.

Trigger Point Pilates - Beginner / Intermediate

Created from years of clinical work and Pilates teaching experience by Lydia Campbell, a fitness industry expert of conditions and scar tissue, the programme has been released after thirteen years in the making.

A Trigger Point Pilates class combines Pilates’ core moves and applies clinical Myofascial principles to help alleviate chronic pain conditions. The class is designed to release tight muscles and enhance functional daily movement and restructure the body. This class attracts everyone from the elite fit to the post-rehab. Fascia restrictions occur in everyone, whatever their age, activity or level of fitness. Equipment is used to release and realign the body which you can buy from your instructor to exercise at home.

In class, there are many exercise sections where we work deeply on releasing into the deeper layers of fascia targeting the release of trigger points. Healthy fascia (connective tissue) needs to be kept hydrated with water and movement. This allows the body tissue to change and heal. The worst thing you can do is sit around in a chair all day, even if you are injured or post-operative or live with a chronic, painful condition.

HIIP Pilates - Intermediate / Advanced

High intensity interval Power Pilates is a dynamic form of Pilates that combines precision and focus of a traditional Pilates session with dynamic energy of high intensity workout. This is a cardio and strength class for those with a fair level of fitness. It is a great way to help reach your 150 mins per week cardio goal. The Pilates sections will count towards the recommended two strength sessions per week. It is a high energy class where you can expect to sweat and laugh lots.

There is quite a lot of exercises in this class as we get the heart rate up. As a result, it is not recommended for those who struggle with a lot of joint pain or pelvic floor dysfunction, although lower impact options can be given if needed. Guidance must be sought from a GP if you have any conditions where raising your heart rate would be detriment.

Hog Pilates - Beginner / Intermediate

The Hog programme is a Pilates programme great for classes rehab or, 1-2-1 an entire programme on flexibility, stability, balance, power and strength. This class can be for beginners or more advanced client as I teach in three levels the ability to perform the exercise correctly.

Barre Pilates - Intermediate / Advanced

Combines basic ballet exercises with Pilates, body conditioning moves and stretches. Fantastic workout its low impact still the principles of Pilates. It is weight bearing majority of the class is standing and good for Zoom bone density. It is good for Osteoporosis / osteopenia and fabulous for deep pelvic floor muscles.

Living with & Life beyond Cancer Pilates

Pilates brings people together who are experiencing living with cancer or life beyond finished treatment. Pilates has a lot to offer you and aid your recovery.
Increase your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Becoming more physically active is a positive change when you are living with or after cancer. Cancer and its treatment can make things feel very uncertain. Doing something for yourself like becoming more active can help you feel more in control.

Research suggests that along with having a healthy diet, being physically active can help reduce the risk of some cancer types coming back. It can also help reduce the risk of developing other health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Being active before, during and after treatment is safe. It can: • reduce tiredness (fatigue) • help look after your heart • reduce anxiety and depression • help you keep to a healthy weight • strengthen your muscles • improve bone health • improve your flexibility and ability to stretch • improve balance • increase your confidence. There is also a small amount of evidence to suggest physical activity may help improve memory.

In class we will assess and progress on mobility, stability and improve posture. Giving you more freedom and less restriction. We will also strengthen areas pelvic floor, abdominal wall the Core and shoulders. With the use of equipment we focus building muscle mass and muscle strength. Not all in one class of course!

Back Care Pilates - Beginner / Intermediate

Classes are run by a qualified Spine safe Pilates instructor.

The Spines safe Pilates exercises are those of the classical work of Joseph Pilates but may not follow his original order. I pay honour and respect to The Principles of Pilates with every person I teach. In this class I use those exercises in the Spine safe repertoire. They are appropriate for disc issues or general lower back pain. The exercises are to allow us to move freely without any symptoms.

Personal Training 1-2-1

Beginner, intermediate & advanced

Reformer Pilates promotes core strength without bulk and flexibility in the body. The Reformer is a piece of equipment which has a gliding platform or ‘carriage’ attached by strings to the body of the reformer.

If you’ve only ever done your Pilates sessions on a mat… you’ve been missing most of the fun! The Pilates Reformer will as it says ‘reform’ every element of your physique, moving you in ways you otherwise couldn’t ACHIEVE! It is pure genius in how you find places, muscles, sensations previously undiscovered and in equal measure delivering brilliant results.

Will be an exercise therapy program put together personally for you based on your individual needs, present physical activity / fitness levels you can endure.

Myo-fascia release followed by mobility / flexibility, stability / strength and load to recondition your body.

Meeting for a one to one session weekly with your coach, you will then be asked to follow the plan at home 3/4 times per week. Progress will be monitored.

PT sessions will run in either in a studio, outdoors or mobile. I lead and motivate you with a planned programme to nutrition fitness and exercise, sessions will be planned to progress you to make a lifestyle change to stay healthy exercise in order to maintain your fitness and meet your goals.

Increase your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Carefully tailored to aid your personalised recovery plan.

These are 1-2-1 sessions and are likely to have a positive impact on you.


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Joseph Hubertus Pilates (December 9, 1883 – October 9, 1967) was a German physical trainer of Greek descent notable for having invented and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness.

It was created for the purpose of rehabilitation. Pilates was a man who overcame his own childhood weaknesses through developing and practising his own regime of exercises. According to the Pilates Foundation website, Pilates apparently suffered with asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever.  He worked as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor in the UK in 1912. Some of the first people treated by Pilates were soldiers returning from war and dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine (to strengthen their bodies and heal their aches and pains).


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Thank you for my Pilates Therapy. I’m now able to play tennis and ride my horse again which has been a long time coming but we got there x

I love a good gym session with Debs she never fails to get me above and beyond my goals.

Debi, thank you for taking the time to motivate me to join. Your sessions have been a challenge for me but with your support and understanding I kept going. You’ve given my body a new lease of life I feel 10 years younger to how my posture was when I started!!

Agree! Last night my body and mind were in a pickle but felt so much better after an hour relaxing on prickly balls!

Most of us live hectic lives no with jobs, kids, we forget about ourselves. This is one of the best classes I’ve ever done, not only does it take away the aches and pains but also relaxes you and your mind. It’s an hour of switching off from the hectic days and concentrating on you. With a few giggles in between. Highly recommend it x

I was persuaded to join Debi's class by a friend of mine. Have to say I was a bit reluctant however I went along and realised just how stiff I was! Two weeks later I was encouraged to join her trigger point Pilates class. Again, a bit sceptical, but that is just me. Another two weeks on and TODAY I managed the downward facing dog pose. Happy? Chuffed to bits. Thanks Debi 🙋

I've completed two courses of trigger point pilates with Debi. The classes are great and adapted for those who have any particular conditions. Debi is great and very attentive to the needs of the group so you know you are being well looked after. This is a truly relaxing class. I always left feeling de-stressed, released and more flexible. Highly recommended! Thanks Debi x

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