FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a class or course?

Click on the half body icon in the top right hand corner of the homepage. You will be asked to register your email address and create a password. Then click on 'Timetable', choose the start date of the course or class you want to book in for and then click on the class/course. You will be taken through to booking.

Can men do Pilates?

Joseph Pilates who invented the technique was a man!
We have plenty of men who come to Pilates and the more they come, the more they pass the message on. Women may outnumber you in your class, but there is nothing ‘girlie’ about Pilates.
The Pilates method, teaches you how to use your core muscles to support the body and provides the best way to gain ‘structural fitness’.

What can I expect at my first class?

Pilates mat classes may seem very gentle initially. This is because the technique will not bring you its full benefits unless you re-educate your body. You start by thinking about where your muscles are and getting control over them so they function in the correct way. This is slow, concentrated work. This does not mean your are not working, or not working hard enough. It is providing your body with a different kind of workout. Pilates does get more cardiovascular as you get stronger and better at the technique.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

We provide mats and any small equipment that you may need but some people choose to bring their own mat with them. Please bring a plastic bottle of water to drink.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive exercise clothing that allows your body to move freely. Socks should be worn during class for hygiene reasons.

What happens if I need to miss a class?

We run a courtesy ‘class swap’ system for our termly-booked classes, which means that if you are ill, kept at work, or on holiday and miss one of your classes, you can swap your class to a class on a different day or time of a similar level.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information

What happens at the end of the course?

Your place in your class is provisionally retained until you let us know you no longer want to keep it. Payment is taken at the end of the previous course to guarantee the place.

What age group is Pilates for?

Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method can be adapted, modified and customised for individual needs. It's more about fitness condition than age.

Can I do Pilates during pregnancy?

You will need to consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise programme. Pilates is a suitable exercise method during pregnancy. Many of our clients have benefited from Pilates sessions before, during and after pregnancy. They have found that the method has helped them to strengthen and tone the postural muscles, carry the foetus, deliver the baby and get back into shape after birth. We do not currently run specific pregnancy or post natal Pilates classes but if you have already been attending classes with us then we are happy to discuss you continuing in your class. Each pregnancy is different and we will offer alternatives for many exercises to make them more suitable for you.

Do I need to be fit to begin Pilates?

There is no pre-requisite on your fitness level. You can begin Pilates classes anytime, at any fitness level.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to:

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance
  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk
  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
  • Develop efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Promote recovery from strain or injury
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Improve circulation
  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination
  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity
  • Improve the way your body looks and feels