Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Pilates for?
A: One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people and ages. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
It is particularly useful for sports people looking to improve their performance and prevent injury - in particular cyclists, tri-athletes, runners, golfers, squash and tennis players.
All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.
Q: When will I notice results?
A: Joseph Pilates' famous saying is : ‘In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a new whole body.’
A regular committed practice means you’ll both see and feel results sooner – building two to three classes a week into your schedule will enable you to best reap the benefits of your practice. Most clients find that Pilates becomes a way of life and it's not just a workout fad.
Q: Is Pilates safe in pregnancy?
A: Pilates can help prepare the body for birth and recover afterwards. Pilates is particularly efficient at strengthening the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. The mind-body connection with the breath will also help during labour. Additionally, improved circulation and increased oxygen supply to the womb is beneficial.
New mums use Pilates to recover their pre-baby body, tone muscles and pelvic floor after pregnancy and alleviate stress and fatigue.
It is important to practice with an instructor who is fully qualified in Pre/Post Natal Pilates.
Pilates Connection offer specialised classes for Pre & Post-Natal Mums. Click here for more information.
Q: I have a back problem – will Pilates help me?
A: If you have any sort of back or joint problem you should always check with your doctor or specialist before embarking on any new exercise program. However, Pilates is recognised as being of particular benefit to many back problems. By using and developing the strength of the deep abdominal muscles, the supportive spinal muscles, the muscles of the pelvic floor and the stabilizing muscles of the upper back and shoulder area, you will learn to correct your posture, reduce strain and stress and realign the body. Your back will get stronger and your pain will gradually reduce. Many osteopaths, physiotherapists and doctors now recognize the benefits of Pilates based exercises and recommend the technique to their own patients.
Q: What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?
A: There are a few things to consider when you dress for a Pilates workout. First, make sure your clothes are comfortable and 'give' enough to let you move and stretch fully. However, it is important that the instructor can observe your body during the class, so clothing should not be too loose either. Leggings, tights, t-shirts, vest tops and gym shorts are all suitable. Pilates is usually done barefoot, so no fancy footwear is needed.
All mats and props are provided. You just need to bring some water with you.
Q: How do I get started?
A: You should start with a private session where your instructor will discuss and assess your medical history and your exercise goals. You will then be guided through a Pilates workout where your physical condition is assessed and a program is tailored to suit your needs. You can continue with private sessions or you can work in small group-sessions. These sessions are generally 60 minutes and you will continue to be guided, monitored and progressed safely on an individual basis.
Q: What is a Mat Class?
A: A Mat Class is within a small group setting to ensure specific instruction. During the class you will lie on a mat, sit or stand and learn the principles of Pilates. The Pilates principles will be integrated into each exercise. The exercises use your own body weight and should be modified for your fitness level and become more and more progressive and challenging as you develop awareness, strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance and strength.
Q: What should I look for in a Pilates instructor?
A: Ideally your Pilates instructor should be certified through a comprehensive training program, one comprised of lectures, observation, practice, hands-on apprenticing plus a written and practical examination. Find out if your trainer is educated in handling clients with specific injuries or body conditions that might warrant a modified approach. A professional Pilates instructor should keep up with the latest developments in exercise science, choreography, small prop usage and more through continuing education workshops. A professional instructor should make good use of visual, verbal and tactile cueing to ensure students are exercising with proper form and technique. Whether you are working out in a group setting or one-on-one personal training, make sure your Pilates instructor is confident, knowledgeable, responsive and personable so you can have a safe and effective experience.
Q: How do the block bookings work?
With the block bookings, you will be booked into your chosen class for 6 consecutive weeks. Sessions are to be used within 8 weeks of the first session. 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. If less than 24 hours notice is given, the session is still charged.
Drop in, or pay-as-you-go sessions are also welcome, but subject to availability (it's best to phone or email to check if a space is available). Priority is given to those booking a course of six.
For more information call Nicole Moulton Black on 07910 589 543 or email email@example.com