Pilates Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone do Pilates?
YES. Whatever fitness level or age you are, Pilates is for you.
Should I do one-to-one sessions or a group class?
One-to-one sessions are recommended to those who have a specific injury, condition or problem. These sessions are particularly beneficial to everyone as the exercises are specifically tailored to the individual & can be booked to suit your daily schedule. Group classes hold between 4 - 6 people which allows for some individual attention & modification & are held at various times throughout the week.
How long is a Pilates session?
1 hour. If you are having a private first consultation this will be 1 hour 15 minutes.
What should I wear?
Clothes that are easy to move in but are not too baggy. We need to see your body moving. Layers are also good, especially during the Winter months!
How often should I do Pilates?
In an 'ideal' world Pilates should be done 3-4 times a week. This is quite achievable if you pick a couple of exercises to do when you are not at a session.
Should I be doing other exercise as well as Pilates?
YES. Pilates is a resistance type exercise. To maintain a healthy lifestyle cardio-vascular exercise should be done too, anything that gets the heart & lungs working.
What's the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
In some ways Pilates is like Yoga. Both are mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen.
The difference is that while yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next without repetitions, pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based. The goal with Pilates is to achieve optimal functional fitness.
I have an injury. Can I still do Pilates?
Pilates is great for those recovering from injuries because it's adaptable enough to work around many injuries, allowing clients to still get good exercise, and the exercises themselves can be immensely helpful as part of a rehabilitative program. If you are injured, you should also be under the care of a medical professional who can help you determine what and how much exercise is safe for you to do.
Can I do Pilates if I have a back condition?
I have referrals from physiotherapists and osteopaths as Pilates works to strengthen the core muscles and bring the body back into correct alignment therefore helping to alleviate problems and prevent injury. However, it does of course depend on the severity of the problem. If you have a serious back condition I may ask to consult with your medical practitioner to determine if you are ready to exercise.