Support Questions

What is Pilates?


Pilates is a safe and accessible form of exercise, suitable for all ages, genders and abilities. At its core (pun intended!), Pilates connects body and mind, focusing on precise and efficient movement. It's wonderfully simple to practise, in that all that is required is a mat (provided), though we will also use small pieces of equipment such as balls, resistance bands and toning circles to spice things up a bit (also provided)! Ultimately, Pilates aims to enable our bodies to do what they should be able to do - something that is often easier said than done. Alongside developing body-awareness, major benefits include: ​​

  • Improved mobility, flexibility and posture
  • A strengthened core
  • Mindfulness, stress-relief and relaxation
Many people (including me) find that Pilates allows them to manage chronic back and shoulder niggles; it is a practice where you are constantly learning how to help your body. Whether you want to strengthen your abdominals, relieve shoulder tension, or improve your performance in other sports, Pilates can help you achieve your goals.




Isn't Pilates just Yoga?


No! While both Yoga and Pilates are body and mind disciplines, they are very different. Yoga often focuses on static poses with flowing transitions between them, while Pilates is a much more fluid discipline: we are rarely still, with each exercise focusing on achieving graceful and controlled movement. Of late, Yoga seems to have garnered a lot of attention, particularly on social media: its beautiful and challenging poses are very 'Instagrammable'. Pilates might not look as pretty, but it focuses on functional movement - we unlock the sticky bits and build strength from our centre. Finally, it's worth noting that Pilates tends to offer better relief to those suffering with sciatica, since the 'forward folds' associated with Yoga can aggravate the condition.




Is Pilates suitable for men?


Yes! It's a misconception that Pilates is just for women. Like anyone, many men find that it can help them manage any niggles in their body, but Pilates can also help build a deep core strength and a mobility in the joints. Many find that Pilates is a good complement to other sports and gym activities, since it focuses on balancing the body and preventing injuries.




Isn't Pilates just for old people?


No! While many older people practise Pilates, it really is for anyone. But there's a reason that older people often opt for the discipline: it's safe and easily adaptable for any problems in the body. This reason shouldn't just apply to the older generation, though: you should want to opt for an exercise programme that is good for your body. Note that being safe doesn't mean the same as being easy: come for a free taster class, and you'll see what I mean!




How often should I do Pilates?


Coming to Pilates once a week should be enough for you to notice changes in your body. However, to really make progress, it's ideal to try and attend Pilates classes two or three times a week - you'll notice a shift in your strength and mobility. I offer a discount for booking multiple sessions a week - contact me for more information.




Why should I choose you rather than the Pilates class at my gym?


There are many wonderful Pilates teachers in gyms (and I teach in gyms too). However, what is undeniable are the large class sizes. This can make it very difficult for teachers to correct you, or to focus their class on your particular aims and needs. My group classes are purposefully small (a maximum of 6 people per class) so that I can tailor them to my clients' goals and give you plenty of attention, keeping you safe and moving well.




How do I get started?


Have a think about whether you'd like private or group classes, take a look at the timetable, and get in touch!





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