Frequently asked questions

• What if I have an injury/medical condition? Can Pilates help?

Pilates can help to alleviate joint stiffness, strengthen deep core muscles, and teach proper alignment. It has a track record of alleviating pain, especially back pain, and preventing further injury. Before you book a class you’ll need to get the OK from your GP, osteopath or other health professional.

• I have a busy schedule

If you can’t make the group Matwork classes, then consider private 1-1’s in your own home, at a time that suits you. There is  a special offer on private lessons for those new to Pilates.

• How much does it all cost?

See Classes.

• I’ve never done Pilates before. How do I know it will suit me?

A special personalised lesson is on offer to introduce you to Pilates, which will help you decide and is a prerequisite to signing up for Group Matwork sessions should you decide to go further. See the special offer on private lessons.

• Will Pilates get me fit?

Pilates strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and teaches body awareness. At this level is not a cardio-vascular exercise, which is what you need to get fit. Many people combine Pilates with a cardio-vascular routine like walking, running or keep fit classes to achieve all round fitness and strength.

• Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates will help to make you look as is you’ve lost weight, by giving extra tone to your muscles and improving your posture. The best way to lose weight healthily is to  combine Pilates with a balanced diet and regular cardio-vascular exercise.

• Do I have to look good in Lycra?

Pilates is for everyone – you don’t need to be an athlete, dancer or keep-fit fanatic! You just need to wear comfortable clothing which allows for movement, such as leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts, and a vest or t-shirt that is as close fitting as you can bear, as it makes it easier for me to check your alignment.

• What should I bring to class?

Just bring a bottle of water. Mats and other equipment will be provided.

• Can I eat beforehand?

It’s not a good idea to eat a meal within 2 hours of a class, as it won’t be fully digested and may lie heavy on the stomach.  A small nutritious snack – like fruit or nuts – before class is fine.