Due to the popularity & positive feedback of the zoom classes throughout the COVID 19 Pandemic, Rachael is continuing to offer the zoom classes to those who prefer the convenience of having lessons in their home or whilst travelling abroad. These fun sessions incorporate the use of small props into the mat based exercises. The props are great tools to offer variety and stability which will help improve your strength and flexibility.
Each class is one hour in duration and clients are required to buy the small props such as a stability foam roll, set of hand weights, TheraBand, and and a soft Pilates overall. Rachael will give you the information of where they can be purchased from.
For safety and integrity of teaching, these classes are kept to a maximum of 4 people per class and are only appropriate for people who have a sound knowledge of Pilates &/or are free of injury.
Before attending any zoom session, each client has a free 45 minutes Initial Consultation via zoom to go through the health questionnaire and to ensure that the room and the camera you will be using are set up appropriately for any lessons.
Due to potential difficulty of teaching on zoom and not actually being in the room with you in person, Rachael will also assess whether zoom is a suitable option for you or not.
X1 zoom class = £35
X5 zoom classes= £155
X10 zoom classes = £290
Free Initial consultation
Initial Meeting + Health Questionnaire + Postural Check + Goal Setting
45 - 60 minutes
Can be done in person or via zoom
Studio Equipment Trio Sessions
x1 single class =£45
x5 classes = £210 (£42 per person per class)
x10 classes = £400 (£40 per person per class)
x20 classes = £770 (£38:50 per person per class)
Studio Equipment Semi Private Sessions
x1 single class= £66 per person
x5 classes = £300 (£60 per person per class)
x10 classes = £570 (£57 per person per class)
Studio Equipment Private Sessions (1:2:1)
£80 for 60 minutes
£120 for 1 hour 20 minutes
x10 classes = £700 (£70 per class)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
send me a message and we can arrange a date and time to meet at my studio. In this appointment, we will discuss your goals with Pilates, I will ask you to fill out an in-depth health questionnaire, and I will take you through and complete a postural check. This process is essential so that you and I both can get a sense of whether we will work well together. I want to make sure Pilates is the right modality for you, and I'm the right person to help you with your goals. In this initial meeting, we will decide your next steps.I offer a free 45-minute initial consultation to anyone who wants to find out what Pilates can do for them. Simply
Commonly, new clients start with 4 private sessions. Each lesson will always start with a mat based warm-up and have a mobility section. This is followed by essential core stabilisation exercises and some spinal mobility work. Think of this as your foundation to which we then use the Pilates apparatus to build on more specific goal orientated exercises.
After the initial 4 private classes, most people are ready to join my small group sessions. To maintain the highest quality of teaching, these small group classes have a maximum of 3 people and are 60 minutes long, hence they are called Trios.
To make sure each of my clients can work towards their personal goals in the best possible way, you will have you own programme to follow which will be bespoke to you, your needs and goals.
If you prefer to have the security of an even smaller class, then Semi Privates (2 people sharing) are available too.
Every 3-6 months (or after 20 sessions) I recommend arranging a private lesson to review your progress and set new goals.
What is the benefit of using Pilates equipment?
The beauty of the equipment is that it can support the body at the same time as improving joint range, strength and flexibility. As the machines are spring loaded, the resistance can be altered depending on the clients needs. This makes it ideal for both men and women, those who dislike gyms, but still want to exercise safely, for people with arthritic joints, for those wanting to improve bone strength and mass, for both pregnant and post natal ladies or for those who merely want a streamlined yet strong figure. It is also ideal for sport specific needs, to improve performance (e.g. tennis/football).
How can Pilates improve my posture?
Poor posture indicates muscle imbalance, often a result of a sedentary lifestyle, old injuries or can even be habitual. Pilates looks at the body as a whole and uses controlled and corrective exercises to target these imbalances. The result is better posture, more efficient movement with less effort and a pain free body.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes such as leggings or a track suit, clean non-slip socks and a t-shirt. No shoes are required.
Men wearing shorts are requested to wear support undergarments ie a jock strap to avoid any ‘whoops’ moments.
Must bring a small towel and a face mask.
How long before I see a difference?
This varies from person to person. It takes commitment and regular practice to change years of habitual postures. Compare it to learning an instrument. You cannot learn a new instrument overnight. The more you practice the better you get. Likewise, with Pilates it will take time for your muscles to learn and re-train new movement patterns. BUT after each class, you will feel more flexible, energised and will leave with a sense of well-being. In time you will start to seethe changes to your physique.
Are you a physiotherapist?
No. However it is common practice for physiotherapists, doctors and osteopaths to refer their clients to a Pilates studio. Likewise, we will refer and liaise with such practitioners to ensure your training is safe and effective.
How can Pilates be beneficial in pregnancy?
Equipment-based Pilates is an ideal form of ante and post natal exercise. During pregnancy a womans centre of gravity shifts, often causing and increase in the curvature of the lower spine. In the beginning of the 2nd trimester the woman starts producing a hormone called Relaxin that loosens her joints. The body has now lost some of its natural stability. Pilates can provide the tone and strength for the back, legs, buttocks and deep abdominal muscles required to cope better with physiological changes during pregnancy. Pilates is also extremely successful in reconditioning the muscle tone of the pelvic floor and of the deep abdominal muscles after birth.
Why is Pilates good for sports?
Everyone now knows and understands that Pilates helps with improving flexibility and back issues, but did you know that it is by far one of THE best training methods for improving sports such as tennis, golf, football, running ,cycling, horse riding, and swimming?
During sport-specific training you tend to use the same muscle groups repeatedly, which in turn can cause muscle imbalances and hinder performance. An example of this is golf which repeatedly twists to the same side. Over a period of time, such twisting predominantly to the same side, can cause back pain, shoulder and neck dysfunction. The great news is that Pilates can help with addressing any imbalances of any sport and will definitely improve your performance.
Golfers: Improving the flexibility of the upper body and the strength of the trunk is especially helpful for golfers.
Runners: Runners generally move in one plane (straight ahead), but they might be weak when it comes to movements in other planes such as twisting or side stepping. Pilates is the perfect solution because it moves the body in all directions.
Cyclists: A powerful trunk can help with energy transference which is extremely beneficial to cyclists allowing them to move faster and travel further. Poor trunk stability can cause a cyclist to rock side to side and this may lead to compensation and loss of power in the legs.
Triathletes: As Pilates focuses on optimal biomechanics, it offers huge benefits to triathletes as it can also help with energy conservation which is a big plus for triathletes.
Tennis & Footballers: Pilates helps tennis players and footballers to find stability and generate power, especially when they are thrown off balance. This is because Pilates can help create strength and stability in the hips and trunk which are vital for tennis and football. Improved hamstring flexibility is seen as a key factor for performing specific sports related skills like sprinting, jumping and kicking.