What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own mat (bring a towel if you don't have a mat). I also recommend bringing a water bottle. We work with small equipment in some classes - this includes the Pilates soft ball, resistance bands and light hand weights. Please message me if you'd like recommendations as to what to get. If you are coming to a taster class I will lend you props for that session. I also recommend a block to sit on and a small head cushion - a hand towel is a good substitute.
What do I wear?
Please wear clothing that is comfortable to move in with some stretch – most people wear leggings or jogging bottoms with a top. The most important thing is you feel comfortable and can move! You can either have bare feet or wear socks. I would recommend socks with grip on the bottom but they are not essential.
I'm new to Pilates - do you have any Beginners' Classes?
I do run Beginners Courses from time-to-time. Please get in touch to find out more or join the list to be the first to hear about when new courses are starting. Beginners are also welcome at my mixed ability classes. If you'd like to come to class knowing a bit more about Pilates, you can book an introductory 121 session to go through the fundamentals but this isn't mandatory.
Should I come to more than 1 class a week?
I often get asked this and of course I recommend more than once a week! But I do also appreciate that life is busy and this isn't possible for most people. A rule of thumb is that you will feel better if you come once a week and you will really start to notice improvements and progress if you can come 2 or 3 times a week. If you can’t get to more than 1 class a week then a little bit (10mins) of regular practise at home can make all the difference and I am always happy to suggest exercises that are safe and beneficial for you to carry out between classes!
Will Pilates help me lose weight?
In short, if Pilates is the only change you are going to make then, no it's unlikely you will lose weight. However, most people find that Pilates helps them feel better and in turn they feel like moving more, for example they can walk, run or cycle with fewer aches and pains. Pilates will also help you stand taller and improve your posture - both of which will make you look more streamlined. I don't believe that weight loss is the most important indicator of whenever an exercise programme is successful and you'll notice I rarely talk about it. I want you to find an excercise class you enjoy so you stick with it and you feel better, stronger and you enjoy better balance and pain-free movement. Yes, maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall health and if weight loss is your main goal I would recommend that you work with a nutritionist to find what really works for you.
I've had an injury/surgery/baby - can I come to your classes?
Please get in touch with me if you are unsure if classes are suitable for you. I will always ask you to get the go-ahead from your healthcare professional (eg GP, surgeon, physio, health visitor etc) before you start Pilates. Pilates is wonderfully versatile and I offer lots of modifications and adaptations of exercises for clients that need them. However, if you have specific issues and needs then a 121 session might be more suitable for you than a class or it might be a couple of private sessions give you the confidence to know that you are taking care of your body and then you feel ready to join a class. I am always happy to chat to you to help you work out if Pilates is right for you right now.
Is Pilates the same as yoga?
Pilates and yoga do have some similarities - Joseph Pilates drew on lots of different disciplines when he developed his method. They both have a focus on the mind-body connection and place an emphasis on the breath. However, Pilates focusses on your deep core muscles and you is more dynamic than yoga in that it has fewer static holds. I don't teach yoga but I do highly recommend both yoga and Pilates - they can complement each other or try both and just pick the one you enjoy the best!
How long is a session?
Classes are 55 -60mins. 1-2-1s, 2-2-1s and group sessions are 45mins - 1hour (please see the timetable for details), however if you would like to book a longer or shorter session this can be arranged by request.
How do I book?
How do I pay?
Payment is made online when you book. Everyone is welcome to come and try a class so if you'd like to book a FREE taster class please use the coupon code FREETASTER to book your first class (one per person!)
Can I park at the hall?
Yes, all the halls I use have free parking available.