FREQUENTLY ASKED PILATES QUESTIONS
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What is Pilates?
Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability. Pilates (1880–1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning technique, called ‘Contrology’ helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone
Everyone can do Pilates. It does not require any specific age, condition, strength, ability or fitness. It is a wonderful life-changing form of exercise that has been around for decades.
How often should I do Pilates?
Ideally we find that twice a week (or more if you can) is the best way to see the benefits of Pilates. Whether you come once a week or once a day we also encourage our clients to try doing a basic routine at home to continue the daily benefits that Pilates offers.
Is Pilates good for cardio?
Pilates in general is not a cardiovascular based form of exercise. It focuses on mind muscle connections, strength, posture and control. However we do offer Barre, Cardio Barre and Pilates Fit classes which blend Pilates with cardio intervals to improve cardiovascular fitness and conditioning.
What is better for you Pilates or Yoga?
Both Pilates and Yoga have benefits and often complement each other very well. While Yoga focuses more on flexibility and mindfulness, as well as breath techniques and meditation through movement. Pilates focuses on core strength, control in movement, muscle endurance as well as mobility and mind muscle connections.
We use the free Mindbody App (easily found in Apple Store or Play store) for booking classes that you can download to your phone (Android and IOS) or you can book on our website through the same system. If this feels a little too overwhelming you can send us an email or a message to book a class:
online pilates classes
You can learn to do Pilates from our online classes and recordings. We have specifically scheduled beginner Pilates classes to help beginner ease into starting Pilates for the first time.
You can also request a private video session to learn the basic principles.
In STUDIO CLASSES
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move unrestricted. Bare feet or socks is usually the standard. Socks are encouraged in the studio, particularly when working on the equipment. We do sell special socks in the studio with grips on the bottom, this is not a pre-requisite.
Barre is a fun, energetic, workout that fuses techniques from dance, Pilates and Yoga that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. Barre is the perfect combination of strength and flexibility with an added cardiovascular element (especially our cardio barre classes) utilising the barre, the mat and various props such as light weights, therabands, balls and many more – all available in studio.
We focus on proper biomechanics for a safe and well-structured class that can be modified for any fitness level.
Pilates and Pregnancy
Can I do Pilates when I’m pregnant?
One should always check with their doctor before starting any new form of exercise while pregnant, however Pilates tends to be particularly suitable during the prenatal and post natal phases, as it is low impact exercise and focuses so much on strengthening the muscles of the core, lower back and pelvic floor. Many women discover Pilates while they are pregnant and then never stop.
Our prenatal and postnatal focused sessions and classes are specifically targeted and encouraging strength and flexibility in all the right places as well as breathing techniques.A properly tailored Pilates programme, however, can be the ideal way to lessen or avoid the back-pain commonly experienced during late pregnancy and then to enable your body to regain its shape rapidly after birth.
fitness and injuries
Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates focuses on creating lean and toned bodies, but weight loss is often related to living a balanced lifestyle rather than relying on one particular thing to ‘lose weight’.
A combination of a balanced diet, cardiovascular exercise, positive mind-set and strength training exercises such as Pilates will certainly aid you in losing excess weight.
Particularly our Barre classes and programs which are much more intense in effort, do see more body changing results
I have a bad back will I be able to do Pilates?
As with any specific medical condition it is important to seek the advice of your doctor before embarking on any exercise, particularly if you have a back injury of some kind.
However we do see many clients that come to us because they have been referred by their physiotherapist, chiropractor or doctor. Pilates spends a great deal of time focusing on the movement of the spine or indeed the prevention of unnecessary movement of the spine. The main focus of Pilates is to strengthen to core and increase spinal strength and mobility. Many clients have found much relief and improvement in their conditions because of Pilates. But no two people or injuries are alike.
Pilates is often used as an important and effective injury rehabilitation program. We have many clients that do Pilates, both private and group classes for rehabilitation of a wide variety of exercises. Especially over-use injuries relating to posture (life-style inflicted), sports or trauma.
Because all programs are tailored to the individuals we can often address your injury specifically and use Pilates to help re-strengthen and protect.
Depending on the severity of your injury, we would always request that you consult your doctor before starting any exercise regime.