What is Pilates?
Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles, improves posture, flexibility and core stability. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- A stronger core resulting in a stronger, healthier back
- Increased flexibility
- Better posture
- Improved mobility
- Increased muscle tone
- Better co-ordination and balance
- Greater body awareness
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Relief from stress
- A sense of calm and well-being
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for both men and women, from nine to 90, and beyond.
How do I start?
The best way to start is by getting in touch or coming along and trying one of our FREE taster sessions.
We we will ask you to complete a brief health questionnaire that asks you a series of questions about your medical history and current health and you will get chance to discuss this with your instructor before the start of the session.
What should I wear?
Any comfortable but try to avoid extremely baggy clothing as it the teacher needs to see alignment of your body. Loose clothing, such as a T-shirt with leggings or tracksuit bottoms or gym wear. The class is performed either in socks or bare foot, so doesn’t matter about footwear.
How long is a session?
Sessions last 60 minutes but please arrive 10 minutes early for your very first session to complete the health questionnaire and allow 10-15 minutes at the end to discuss how you found the session.
How large are your sessions?
Classes are restricted to 12 people to allow a more personal hands-on approach.
Is Pilates mainly for women?
When Joseph Pilates created his unique form of exercise 60% of his clientele were men. Not only is it excellent at rehabilitating injuries it can also aid in developing athletic ability, stamina and specific training goals. Many top level athletes are now incorporating Pilates into their training. They realise that when their core muscles are stronger their arms and legs perform much better at their chosen discipline. Everyone can benefit from Pilates so No it’s not just for the girls.
Can I do Pilates when I am pregnant?
Pilates tends to be particularly suitable for pregnant women, since it is a low-impact form of exercise that strengthens the back, stomach and pelvic floor muscles.
In fact, many women first discover Pilates when they are pregnant or have just given birth. You may need to do Pilates in a modified or gentler way while pregnant, and to make sure you stop the moment that you feel any discomfort.
What do I need to bring with me?
Just come along, no need to bring anything other than a drink of water, and a bank card just in case you decide you would like to join us as a member after your free session.