What is Pilates?
Pilates is a uniquely precise and intelligent approach to exercise and body conditioning, which gives you a leaner, suppler, more toned body and a calmer, more relaxed mind.
Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles, and improves posture, without stressing the joints or the heart. Indeed, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.
What will Pilates do for me?
Pilates will make you more body aware. You will feel more confidant and look and feel better. Our bodies are abused with sitting or standing incorrectly allowing the postural muscles to become weak and the superficial muscles to over work, doing jobs they are not designed to do. Stress and emotional behaviour can have a negative effect on your body causing pain and muscle ache. Pilates will assist in helping to ease any tension allowing the joints to move freely and without pain.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is particularly suitable for…
- The middle-aged and elderly
- The desk-bound and inactive
- The pregnant and post-natal
- Those needing pre- and post-operation strengthening
- Those referred by their doctor, physio, osteopath, chiropractor or other practitioner
- Back pain / musculoskeletal
- Poor posture
- Neck and shoulder problems
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Stress / anxiety
When can I expect to see results?
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see a difference and in 30 you’ll have a whole new body” Joseph Pilates
Is Pilates mainly for women?
Far from it. Pilates, after all, was invented by a man, Joseph Pilates, originally for his own benefit – and was only later adapted for women.
Men, what’s more, tend to be less flexible than women, and so need Pilates even more.
I haven’t taken a Pilates class before, is it ok for me to start a class?
The best way to start is to attend an absolute beginner’s class where everyone starts at the same level. Alternatively book a one-to-one where you will learn the basic principles.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely (tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt are fine) and socks.
Do I need anything to bring to class?
All the equipment you require will be provided for you, you may choose to bring water with you.
How often should I practise Pilates?
We recommend you attend three sessions a week. We understand that day-to-day life doesn’t always allow us to put in, as much time as we might like, so anytime you can practise will be beneficial. You can utilise a lot of what you learn in class throughout your daily life being aware of how you sit, stand walk etc. Home practise will also benefit you, even if it is only ten minutes a day.
Will Pilates help my flexibility?
Yes. Rather than stretching to improve flexibility, it focuses on why a certain muscle is tight and tries to solve the problem.
How does Pilates differ from other forms of exercise?
While other popular fitness sessions emphasise the physical aspect. Pilates is a mind-body discipline that involves the mind to work the body from within, lengthening and strengthening your muscles. Muscles are worked both in their contracted and elongated state, reducing the ‘bulking’ effect which is so often the result of traditional exercise.