method of exercise offers a non-impact
approach to better posture and stronger,
leaner muscles. It compliments aerobic
exercises and can be used to help you
recover after injury or simply to maintain
good health and fitness.
How many people are in
There are maximum
10 clients per class. Small classes enable
the instructor to work closely with each
client, ensuring they are working at a
level specifically suited to their own
need and ability, not to mention working
safely and effectively. As a result of
this our clients progress quickly, noting
the benefits almost straight away.
How often should I
exercise programs the more you train in
the pilates method, the sooner you will
see the results. But let's be realistic,
for many of us having the time available
for more than one session per week just
isn't on the agenda! Some of the
mobilising exercises are safe enough to be
practiced at home.
What should I wear and
bring to class?
close-fitting clothes are best, because
your instructor will want to make sure
your body is moving with precision. No
shoes are required, socks would be
advisable during the cooler months.
Pilates mats and equipment are supplied.
You may wish to bring a drink with you,
especially in warmer weather. It is
important to stay hydrated during
Is equipment used in
essentially mat-based. We do incorporate
the following pieces of equipment into the
mat workouts; theraband, small Pilates
ball, foam roller, hand weights, mini-loop
resistance bands and small massage
Can I cross-train with
Pilates is ideal for cross-training
purposes, as it will help create a better
understanding of posture and how this
relates to all forms of exercise. In
addition, it will help to correct postural
faults that can develop through repetitive
forms of exercise. A Pilates class will
incorporate some deep stretches and
mobilisations which are greatly beneficial
for sports specific training.
Will I loose weight
Whilst Pilates is
not a cardiovascular workout so wont burn
fat, it will tone the muscles; leading to
flatter, tighter abdominals and longer
leaner leg muscles. A combination of
cardiovascular training with Pilates is
the perfect combination for improving
Is Pilates safe when
It is recommended
that you consult your doctor before
embarking on any exercise program when
pregnant. If there is history of
miscarriage or bleeding during pregnancy
it would be advised to stop training. Our
instructors all have ante natal / post
natal qualifications. Open communication
and feedback is extremely important
between every pregnant client and her
instructor. Exercises will need to be
modified during the pregnancy.
Does Pilates help to
reduce the hips and thighs?
Designed to work the body as a whole you
will not only see benefits in the hips and
thighs but also in the rest of the body.
I am over 50 years of
age, do you think Pilates will be too
strenuous for me?
Pilates caters for everyone from beginners
to advanced and is suitable for all age
groups. As with any beginner, your
instructor will start you on the easier
levels, progressing slowly to more
advanced levels as and when you are ready.
How different is
Pilates from Yoga?
There are some
similarities between Yoga and Pilates.
However, Yoga is mainly focussed on
holding a static position with no
repetitions and some extreme stretches,
whereas Pilates exercises “flow” into each
other. In Pilates, before executing the
move, the posture is set and prepared.
Pilates concentrates on challenging the
“core” muscles and moving the limbs. Both
Yoga and Pilates focus on mindfulness,
body awareness, balance and breath.
concentrate on breathing?
Pilates exercises are taught with a breath
sequence, but it isn't the main emphasis
of the technique. Breathing can sometimes
take a while to grasp, once mastered it
helps enormously with maintaining correct
core muscle control and slowing movements
Does Pilates help you
become more flexible?
Yes! Pilates will
strengthen and stretch your body at the
same time, slowly extending your range of
movement as you become more advanced.