What is Pilates?
Pilates is a mind & body approach to exercise that focuses on developing good posture, strengthening the core and stretching tight muscles.
Many of the postural problems we encounter today are down to our modern lifestyles. Sitting for prolonged periods at computers and in office chairs is just one example that can cause muscle imbalance and pain. Pilates can help to counterbalance this.
Simply put Pilates will make you look, feel and move better!
I’m haven’t exercised in a long time will Pilates be suitable?
Most people who begin my classes have not done any form of Pilates before and aren’t regularly exercising at the moment – so you won’t be alone!
There are beginner and hard options for every exercise so when you first start you will stay with the beginner level exercises and can rest whenever you need to.
I have a bad back and Pilates has been recommended by my physiotherapist. Will this help me?
It’s always best to check with your physiotherapist/GP/Osteopath/Chiropractor first that starting a Beginner Pilates Class will be suitable for you.
Generally my Pilates classes are suitable for those with spinal disc problems, sciatica, hip/knee replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis.
I am pregnant, is it ok to start a Pilates class?
Unfortunately my Pilates Classes will not be suitable for you.
Having said that, there are some fantastic benefits to practicing Pilates during your pregnancy but you will need to find a pre natal class. Many of the usual exercises will be unsuitable for you at the moment so they need to be adjusted. It’s also important that you are in a smaller group with specialist attention.
What results can I expect?
As with any exercise, the more you practice and the more effort you put in the more you will benefit.
- Move more easily
- Improved posture
- Less niggling aches & tight muscles
- Stronger core muscles
- Better flexibility
- Reduced stress
Pilates is suitable for all ages 16+ and for managing the symptoms of sciatica, arthritis and back ache. It’s also a good form of exercise for osteoporosis and knee/hip replacements.
What do I need to bring & wear to a class?
You will need to bring a small hand towel and if possible bring your own fitness mat – it’s usually best to have thicker one. I have some spare mats to borrow but once you start attending regularly you may want to bring your own.
Wear something comfortable that you can move easily in. Most people wear leggings or tracksuit trousers and a t-shirt. Pilates is done without shoes on, bare feet or socks are fine.
Where are your classes?
All of my Pilates classes are in Luton. You can find my class timetable with venue details by clicking here.
Do you have ladies only classes? Is this suitable for men?
I hold ladies only classes on Tuesday evenings and on Wednesday mornings. You can see a list of all my classes by clicking here.
Pilates is very suitable for men and most find the exercises help to improve their flexibility and reduce back ache. I hold mixed classes on Monday/Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings that men are welcome to attend.
Can I pay per session?
Afraid not! Everyone starts on a 6 Week Introduction Course.
If you’re new to Pilates then it’s important to really grasp the basics by coming to a class regularly at least once a week. The exercises will progress each week so you will need to know what has happened the week before.
Do you offer discounts?
I offer long term memberships that give discounts for regular Pilates clients. You will be eligible to sign up for this once you have completed the 6 Week Introduction Course.
How do I get started?
It’s usually best that you attend a free taster session so that you can try a class for yourself and we can have a chat to decide which class is most suitable for you.
Click here to send a message to me and I will be happy to arrange your free taster session!