A British farm has become the first in the world to offer – PIG pilates.
Staff Pennywell Farm in Devon offer classes where people can do pilates – while holding or surrounded by a field full porkers.
They say touching animals releases hormones inducing phenyl ethylamine – which has the same pleasurable effect on the brain as chocolate.
Pilates teacher Harry Parkes will be leading the sessions – designed to help people relax and be at one with nature.
He said: “While there is plenty of fun to be had, Pilates has many benefits including improving posture, movement quality, mobility, flexibility, mental cognition and core strength.
“The advantages of interaction with animals of any kind are widely known and touching animals releases many hormones such as phenyl ethylamine, the magic hormone which has the same pleasurable effect on the brain as chocolate.
“The pigs will be free to roam around the participants as they take their class and – with pigs being curious by nature – it should prove to be interesting.”
Owner Chris Murray said: “Exercise is an important part of life so should never be dull. You can have a real giggle and still have a good workout.
“Everyone should exercise with a smile on their face and with miniature pigs running around, it’s impossible not to smile.”
Pilates was designed to make the maximum use of your time by targeting the deep postural muscles of the body, building strength from the inside out.
It is suitable for all ages and abilities and Harry’s classes are designed to be relaxed, non-intimidating and welcoming to all.
The first of the monthly sessions is on Sunday 12 May and places are limited.