All you need to know about attending Pilates classes
Classes are very relaxed and informal. Courses run on an 8 week rolling programme. Each class is based around the core Pilates principles and exercises. To vary the classes, I use different pieces of equipment to focus on key areas. You can work at your own pace and alternative exercises are always available if a particular exercise causes discomfort.
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement with bare feet or non-slip socks e.g. leggings and t-shirt
How long are the classes?
All classes are for one hour including a warm up, stretches and often a relaxation at the end.
How many people are in each class?
Group classes consist of 8 to 12 people.
Are mats and equipment provided?
Yes, however if you wish to bring your own mat or cushion then please do so.
What levels of Pilates do you teach?
I can teach mat classes from beginner to advanced level.
How much do the classes cost?
Group classes are £10 per person paid as part of an 8 week block (£80). Private sessions are from £48 per person. If you miss a class within the block you may attend another class as long as there is space – 3 catch ups in the 8 week block. Please ask about this when you enrol.
What is core stability? Why is it important?
Core stability is about training the muscles that support the spine and is fundamental to the pilates method. Core stability is important because it provides a protective muscular corset which helps to stabilise the spine. It also helps to prevent and reduce lower back pain.
How many classes do I need until I notice an improvement?
Everyone is different but Joseph Pilates once said, “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you will have a whole new body.”
I recommend that you do at least one class a week to start with. Ideally, two classes per week would be more beneficial especially if you have back problems. You can also do some exercises at home in between classes and I can give you a list of exercises specifically for your body if that helps.
What do private lessons consist of?
Private lessons consist of a 1-2-1 session. After a full posture assessment you receive an hour of tuition tailored to your body and what your body most needs. Private lessons are good for people who have just started pilates or if you have specific aims or injuries.
Why are private sessions with a Pilates instructor expensive?
Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours and a (few thousand pounds) studying the technique. They learn hundreds of exercises and they learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, including time spent observing and mastering proper form and sequences. Then there is a written and practical exam. There is more to learn than just a set of moves, they learn how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize each session for each individual.
Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?
Pilates is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not the main focus. However, if you do Pilates with a sensible diet along with some cardio work such as brisk walking, bicycling, aerobics or swimming it works at its best to give you a longer leaner body. Even if you do not lose weight you do feel much more toned and slender and some have reported a sense of ‘walking taller’.
Can I do Pilates if I’m pregnant?
Moderate exercise is safe throughout a normal, healthy pregnancy and many gentle Pilates exercises are appropriate. Please keep the following cautions in mind:
- Do not over-exert the abdominal muscles (avoids diastasis recti – separation of the abdominal muscles)
- Take care of you lower back, which can be strained with the weight of the foetus.
- Do not over-stretch, as relaxin and progesterone levels increase during pregnancy causing the ligaments around the joints to become loose and therefore vulnerable.
- Be aware that your center of gravity and your sense of balance has therefore changed.
- Do not start a brand new exercise regimen in the first trimester.
To be safe during pregnancy, only practice Pilates under the guidance of a professional Pilates instructor who has been trained to teach women in this condition.