Who? and how?
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities: whether you are recovering from an injury, you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you are a new mum, or want to improve your performance as an athlete or dancer.
Am I the right age?
Pilates keeps you healthy through all decades of your life, whether you are 22 or 82 there is a Pilates class for you.
How will I feel after sessions?
Pilates will leave you feeling stronger, more co-ordinated, mobile and happier in your body. Our team is committed to providing you with the highest quality care and teaching, empowering you to lead your fullest and healthiest life.
What should I bring?
We have all the equipment you will need. You might bring socks and a small lock to keep your valuables safe in the lockers.
What should i wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. Clothing with zips (like running leggings) and jewellery can easily tear the mats and the precious equipment, please don’t wear these.
What about shoes?
No shoes are allowed in the studio. We like to workout barefoot but we have concerns about foot health, please wear socks if you have any foot skin conditions.
Are there lockers?
We have lockers in the corridor and we will appreciate you use them to keep your belongings safe. Please bring a small lock with you. If you forget, we sell small locks for £3.
Do men do Pilates?
Yes! This discipline was developed by a man and it was intended as an exercise programme for men as well as women. We are so pleased to see that we have more and more men attending our classes.
Back Care and Post-rehabilitation
I suffer from back pain, can Pilates help?
Pilates is ideal for back care. We always recommend that you speak to your doctor to check the reason for your pain. Initially we might need you to attend some private sessions and usually you will follow with our equipment classes where we will focus on your own programme. Our equipment classes are a maximum of 4 people per class and therefore the right environment to keep safe while you work towards eliminating pain and postrehabilitating your spine through to full health.
I have osteoporosis. Can I do Pilates?
Pilates on Equipment can be very beneficial for osteoporosis. The spring assists and resists the body at the same time. The spring’s assistance supports the body and allows you to exercise in a very safe environment, while it’s resistance provides the necessary challenge to increase bone density. We therefore recommend you attend our equipment group classes.
What are your specialist programmes?
Many of our instructors have their own specialisms, including osteoporosis, pelvic floor health and pilates for teenagers. We regularly offer specialist programmes or workshops covering these topics. Keep up to date by signing up to our mailing list here.
Pregnancy and Postnatal care
Do you run prenatal classes?
Yes, you can join us for prenatal Pilates on Wednesdays at 11.30am and Saturday mornings at 8.00am. Another option is you can join one of our group equipment classes, where you can following your own programme tailored by the instructor for you and your needs.
How can Pilates help through pregnancy?
Pilates helps you increase your energy and gain a healthy body weight during pregnancy. Pilates also aids a quicker postnatal recovery while maintaining your maximum health and fitness during pregnancy.
I am pregnant, when should I start Pilates?
If you have never done Pilates before and are looking to start now that you are pregnant, we recommend you wait until you are 14 weeks pregnant to start our prenatal classes. Really, the first three months should be about letting you body get used to this new state and you should carry a normal life with a level of activity similar to what you are already used to.
Do you run postnatal Pilates classes?
If you’re looking to return to Pilates following birth, we recommend our Pelvic health classes with Hayley Oxley. These are group mat classes suitable for any stage of post natal recovery. Another good way to get started after pregnancy is with an equipment starter package: this includes a 1:1 session to assess your specific needs, followed by 3 classes on equipment where the groups are a maximum of 4 people. If you are ever unsure of the right pathway for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch.