Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I book?
Our booking system is all online via the MINDBODY, the heading above titled 'BOOK NOW' will send you straight to the site. Please start by creating on online account so you can search our timetable and purchase passes through the website. Our clients also enjoy using the free MINDBODY app which you can find via your mobiles app store.
Q. Do I have to use the 10 class pack every week?
No, you have 4 months to use the classes passes and you can mix and match when you use them each week.
Q. What is the 'New client Intro session'
This is a one to one private session recommended for our new students coming to the studio for the first time for £30. During this session we will be able to see where best to place you within our classes. I recommend new students a one to one at least once a month.
Q. What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates mainly concentrates on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Also, Pilates is a valuable tool for increasing strength, definition and proper posture. Yoga aims to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit. Yoga is often considered therapeutic when compared to Pilates, as it helps people find harmony and release stress. Yoga has many different styles, but all are generally performed in a group setting on a Yoga mat with the aid of a Yoga instructor. Pilates has a full component of mat work, but it also incorporates work on Pilates machines which help build a longer, leaner, dancer-like physique.
Q. Do I have to be in shape to do Pilates?
No! Anyone can start Pilates and any level. It will be catered to meet you where you are. In fact, we like when clients find us and are just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then we can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.
Q. What’s the difference between working out on the equipment and the Pilates Mat classes?
Mat classes really focus on core work and require you to support your body and are very challenging. Pilates equipment gives you a frame to work within that is often more helpful than mat but can be more challenging when springs are added or taken away. Working on the equipment can also target and tone specific areas of your body very efficiently.
Q.What should I expect?
Classes are friendly and allow you to exercise in a non-competitive environment. Numbers are kept low to allow some individual attention, usually a maximum of 6 clients per class.
As Pilates offers a different way of working with your body it can sometimes be difficult to understand or 'get it' in the first couple of sessions. Don't worry - this is quite common! Do give yourself time to allow your body to adapt and adjust, you won't regret it.
Q.What should I wear?
Wear something easy to move in - gym trousers/leggings and t-shirt. Shoes are not worn during class so either bare feet or socks.
Q. How long do I need to take Pilates for me to see changes in my body?
In less than one month you will feel and hopefully even visually see a difference. Everyone responds differently but wonderful changes will happen if you commit to doing Pilates every week! “10 sessions- Feel the difference. 20 sessions- See the difference. 30 sessions- Have a new body!” -Joseph Pilates.
Q. Do you have a lot of male clients? Do they take the group classes (reformer and mat)?
Yes we have a growing number of male clients and they take all of our classes!
Q. I have herniated discs in my back. Can I do Pilates? Will it be good for my back?
Yes, Pilates is wonderful for back issues! Pilates is able to help in back pain treatment mainly in two ways. The first is by the strengthening your muscles and making them more flexible, while the second is through improving your posture. Pilates enables your joints and muscles to become stronger and more flexible. By doing so, you will be able to make them tough enough to withstand the strain and other stresses that happen as you are doing your regular activities. When your muscles are stronger, they can withstand injury better. When the muscles are more flexible, you have less risk of straining them when you contort your body into awkward positions. In this regard, Pilates would really help you in your back pain treatment.
Having stronger and more flexible muscles would definitely help in preventing back pain from occurring again. One of the leading causes of back pain is poor posture. A person’s poor posture, whether while standing or sitting, contribute to the unnecessary strain in the muscles that would eventually make them feel pain. A person who does the Pilates exercises would be able to improve their posture because of the movements and training that they do. The exercises would make it easier for the person to stand straight, not slouch, and avoid other poor positions that contribute to the back pain.
Q. I recently had surgery. Can I take Pilates?
Yes, depending on what type of surgery. We do require a medical release from your doctor. Once you have received clearance, an instructor will then be able to work with you to begin strengthening and getting you back to your best self!