FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises designed to help you move better, build strength in your core area, improve flexibility and help with mental wellbeing. There are many Pilates models but all focus on concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing. There are many benefits to Pilates which give an overall sense of wellbeing.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is for EVERYONE! It doesn't matter if you are male or female. It doesn't matter if you have no experience or if you are very experienced. It doesn't matter if you have limitations in your movement or you are super flexible. It doesn't matter if you haven't exercised for years or you workout regularly. It doesn't matter what shape or size you are, we are all unique and all have a shape. Pilates will always help someone. 

I've been in pain with my back for years and I'm nervous, should I still come?

Yes you should still come. We are very experienced and have helped many people over the last 10 years. So many people are in pain and put off starting Pilates. But this often makes the situation worse as you stop moving. Pilates caters for all levels of ability and our classes are small deliberately so we can see you and you can see us. There is always the option of having a private 1:1 session before taking a class as well. A lot of GP's and movement therapists recommend Pilates nowadays. Please just ensure you are given the all clear to partake in exercise by your medical practitioner.

What are the benefits of having 1:1 private sessions?

You get personal attention to your own needs, so we can tailor the session to suit you and your own body. You get the teachers attention for the whole hour. If you are injured no problem! We can guide you, you will grow at your own pace and you'll see improvement quicker. You also get on going support should you require it, which can include access to online videos to continue your practice at home safe in the knowledge you are doing the exercises correctly. 

What is Pilates Matwork?

Pilates on the Mat uses a system of exercises designed to build strength and stability using precise movement. The challenge comes from gravity and body weight. We also use small pieces of equipment to add fun, variety or challenge. 

Can the 'New Customer Starter Pack' be used for any class?

Yes this class pack can be used for any Matwork class on the timetable, so if you work shifts you can move around. With our flexible online booking system you can choose your preferred class each week.

What is the Pilates Reformer

The Reformer is a Pilates machine using spring resistance and ropes. The springs can either add challenge or support depending on the clients needs. You will find the equipment can help you to get into positions easier than on the mat. The ropes can support you allowing you to stretch and challenge your body further whilst feeling safe and secure on the carriage.

What is the Pilates equipment

The Pilates equipment incorporates the Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel. This is the comprehensive system of Pilates which was taught originally by Joseph Pilates. The equipment helps to support the body and aid movement in a way which could not be achieved solely on the mat. The equipment can be experienced in either group classes or on a private basis.

Why do you ask about my medical history?

You'd be amazed how an old seemingly insignificant injury from school when you played hockey and sprained that ankle can be affecting things many years later! If we know about it we can consider it when assessing you. 

What should I bring and wear to my session?

Just bring yourself in some comfortable clothing you can move freely in. We provide all mats and equipment in both our studio spaces.


Benefits of 
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PILATES®

Increases muscle strength (less bulk with more freedom of movement).
Improved posture.
Increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility.
Helps to prevent injury.
Enhances functional fitness and ease of movement.
Balances strength and flexibility.
Heightens body awareness.
Improves balance, coordination and proprioception.
Improves performance in sports.