FAQ

Is Pilates suitable for me?
Probably! Pilates is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. If you have any injuries, medical conditions or if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, please check with your GP before starting any exercise classes.

What happens in a class?
The first 10 minutes are spent gently warming-up all the major muscle groups and preparing them for exercise. Then we do a set of Pilates exercises appropriate to your level usually around 10 different ones, some from a standing position and others on the mat. We may use other Pilates equipment such as Bands, Pilates circles or Foam Rollers. Then towards the end of the class we do a stretching section to prepare for normal activity again!

What should I wear ?
Normal comfortable leisure/fitness clothing and socks (no shoes). Don’t worry you won’t be surrounded my ‘Gym Bunnies’ in matching Lycra (other than me,  joke!) It is very important that you are comfortable and can move around and stretch easily.

How early should I arrive for my Pilates class?
5-10 minutes before the class commences is fine.

Should I bring anything with me?
Yes. A hand towel or small cushion and a bottle water. Oh… and your sense of humour! I provide Fitness mats and any Pilates equipment you need.

Will I be made to do exercises on my own?
No way, I don’t want you upstaging me! Seriously, its not a competition and we don’t make examples of anyone we all work at our own pace but together.

How many people are in the classes?
My Class sizes vary according to venue , but on average there are 12 clients per class. If you prefer Matwork can also be taught privately in your home. See One-to-One

Do I have to pay ‘up-front’ for my course?
Yes you do. Fees for the complete term are due 7 days before your course commences. This is a policy I strictly enforce to avoid ‘wasted’ places that could be filled by ‘clients in waiting’

What if I can’t make one of my sessions?
Sometimes, even with ‘best laid’ plans, life gets in the way. If you can’t get to one of your classes I will try to arrange for you to ‘make up’ the session at another venue during the term space allowing, however this courtesy is strictly for illness, emergencies etc. I am sorry its not possible for sessions to be carried over as ‘credits’ into another course. Please note purchased courses cannot be split between different classes, whenever possible I require that you attend your own booked sessions. Occasionally I may need to engage a fully qualified cover instructor and i will endeavour to notify you prior to your session if possible. All course fees are non-refundable. If I am unable to instruct due to events outside my control (e.g. bad weather,illness, venue or road closures etc), I reserve the right to cancel sessions and refunds will not be offered.

Can I skip a term?
Yes of course you can, however I cannot guarantee you a place when you wish to return.

How long will it take for me to get a ‘Celebrity body’
Mmmmmm……..I’m thinking about that one!

What’s the difference between matwork and apparatus classes?
Both are based on the same principles of movement developed by Joseph pilates. Matwork classes are usually taught in a group and incorporate a range of exercises performed standing and on a floor mat. Sometimes small pieces of equipment are also used. Apparatus classes are taught on large specialised equipment, including the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel. These are usually taught in small, semi-private groups or one-to-one.

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