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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get started?

I offer a free 45-minute initial consultation to anyone who wants to find out what Pilates can do for them. Simply 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.

New clients typically undertake between 4 and 8 private sessions prior to attending any of the small group 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 - 8 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 from both client and teacher 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 the same as 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.

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