Is Pilates right for me?

The low impact nature of the Pilates workout, coupled with its emphasis on the quality of movement (rather than endless repetitions to the point of fatigue), makes Pilates perfect for any age, body type or fitness level.

What’s the difference between yoga and Pilates?

Probably the biggest difference is that yoga is fundamentally a spiritual practice. The primary purpose of yoga is to teach students how to quiet their minds and enter a meditative state. On the other hand, Pilates is strictly a physical exercise program, used specifically to correct imbalances in the body, strengthen muscles and in many cases, become pain-free and improve posture. While yoga focuses on opening the hips, spine and shoulders, Pilates requires stabilisation, minimal movement and deep core control. A Pilates class typically runs through about 20 to 30 exercises with five to 10 repetitions of each. Yoga students practice postures called asana that are held for a certain number of breaths or even minutes.

What is the best way to get started with Pilates?

If you are a beginner I recommend that you spend three to four 1-on-1 (or small group) sessions with me to get an idea of the foundation principles before moving onto a general class.

It is, however, possible for you to join a Pilates class directly as I design each exercise within a class for a range of abilities. Each individual exercise within a class I offer at two or three different levels; so there are less demanding exercises for those just starting out, higher levels for those with more experience and require more of a challenge. Even for those very advanced in Pilates may take some exercises to a lower level than others if they are not feeling on top form or the exercise challenges a muscle that they need to develop.

How often should I practise Pilates?

Twice a week is excellent but once is good. Like any form of exercise, consistency is key, so even committing to a weekly lesson will offer tremendous benefit. You will be happy at how you look and feel after just a few weeks.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably so that your movement is free, but try not to wear clothing that is TOO loose fitting. It is important that the instructor be able to observe your body as you move. You will not wear trainers but please bring socks.

What do I need to bring?

I provide a Pilates mat and all other equipment you may need. You might like to bring some water to class.

Is there an age limit to doing Pilates?

Quite simply – no.

Is Pilates only for women?

Of course not! It was originally developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, and is now used by many male athletes as part of their training routine. In men, Pilates will help stretch the muscles and correct posture, working the deep core and muscles groups commonly overlooked by men who prefer to pump iron.

Can I do Pilates if I’m pregnant?

Moderate exercise is recommended throughout a normal, healthy pregnancy Pilates exercises can be adapted to each stage of pregnancy and you can rest and relax as often as you feel you need to. Exercising whilst pregnant will help you to combat weight gain, acute back ache, water retention and bad circulation and will physically prepared you for labour and birth. It will also help you to regain your body shape more effectively and more quickly after birth. I am trained in pre and postnatal fitness and am a member of The Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Instructors and so I am fully trained to look after you.

Find out more about guidelines to exercise when pregnant : link to: http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health/clinical-guidance/exercise-pregnancy

How soon can I come to Pilates classes after giving birth?

You can start exercising after your 6 week check with your doctor if you have had a normal delivery without complications, a few weeks longer than that if you have had a Caesarian section. Postnatal Pilates will strengthen and tone your body from the inside out, building up your core strength whilst realigning your body and developing long lean muscles.