Do I need to have done Pilates before?
Not at all! If you are a complete beginner or returning to exercise after a long break I may recommend you come along to the studio for an initial 1-1 to cover the basics and so that I can learn more about your particular motivation for starting Pilates. All levels and abilities are very welcome.
What is the difference between this and other Pilates classes?
I keep class sizes very small, just four people to a group, so that you get the absolute best experience from your class each week. I am a fully insured Body Control Pilates certified teacher with Level 3 qualifications in both matwork and pregnancy and postnatal teaching, so you can be confident that you are in good hands. With such small class sizes I can ensure that all exercises are suitable for you and make adaptations wherever necessary to keep you safe and comfortable. Plus the small groups are very friendly and welcoming!
Is Pilates just for women?
In short, definitely not. Named after its founder, Joseph Pilates, it is a form of exercise that is both challenging and highly rewarding for men and women alike. Most of the groups I teach (with the exception of the pregnancy groups, for obvious reasons!) are mixed. It is great for reducing stress levels, improving your movement potential, and works very well alongside other sports training.
I am pregnant. When can I join a class?
My advice for all new pregnant clients is to wait until you are 16 weeks along before attending your first class. There is often a waiting list though so do get in touch as early as you like so that I can let you know as soon as a suitable space comes up.
What do I need to bring to the session?
Just yourself and a bottle of water as I have all the equipment you will need, including mats and head cushions. I recommend you wear comfortable layered clothing and either socks or bare feet.