What do I wear?
Please wear clothing that you can move around in easily (tee shirt and jogging bottoms/legging). You do not need to wear outdoor shoes while exercising but you must wear socks. (This is because of industry-wide COVID-19 precautions).
What do I bring?
I ask that you wear a face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until class starts. You do not need to wear a face covering once class starts (unless you wish to). Please replace your face covering at the end of class. I will be wearing a face shield throughout the class.
COVID-19 precautions mean you must provide your own exercise mat or towel on which to lie. These can no longer be provided by instructors or venues unless fully sanitised after every use.
I also advise everyone to bring a bottle of water. Some people in class will also bring resistance bands. These are not essential but I can supply them cheaper than retailers if you wish to buy one.
What can I expect at my first class?
Before starting, you will need to sanitize your hands at the entrance to the room in which we exercises. I will ask you to complete a screening form – this is for your safety so I am aware of any health conditions, so please make sure you are early enough to fill in the form accurately (please remember your reading glasses)!
I will show you where to go and introduce you to other class members.
Try not to watch or think about what other people are doing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get everything right straight away and it is my job to help you improve. It takes time to develop your body awareness and control – and everyone was a beginner once. As weeks go by, things will get simpler!
Can I just turn up to the class?
No, you must book in advance.
It is a condition of attending classes that you consent to your details being shared with COVID-19 ‘Test and Trace’ should I be asked to do so.
Are there changing/toilet facilities?
Toilets are available but the venues we use each have their own cleaning procedures to maintain COVID-19 security and I cannot guarantee if any changing facilities will be available.
I’ve not done anything like this before, will the class be suitable?
All classes are tailored to suit the individuals in them. I suggest different options, and modifications during the class (some people may even follow the class while seated or holding onto a chair). Every exercise is adjusted to suit what you can do – it’s not a competition!
I have an injury/ bad back, can I still do Pilates?
Probably! This is why you need to complete the health screening form accurately before your first class. If anything on it changes, contact me privately and we can discuss what is (and isn’t) suitable for you. Pilates can help with many injuries over time by improving posture, strengthening, stretching and mobilising muscles and helping the body to work more efficiently and therefore reducing the likelihood of injuries re-occurring. I do not offer specialist rehabilitation Pilates – but can suggest other specialists in this area.
Anyone starting a new exercise programme (especially if recovering from serious illness or injury) is advised to consult a medically qualified professional.
I have recently had a baby, is Pilates suitable for me?
Once you’ve had your post-natal check, you should be able to attend a Pilates class. This is often an effective way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Please talk to me privately so that I can tailor exercises to your needs and conditions. I have completed specialist training in ‘Understanding Diastasis Recti’.
Can Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates isn’t a way to lose weight but by increasing your awareness of how your body moves and works, it can support weight loss and improve posture. If you want to lose weight you need to combine Pilates with a healthy diet and some aerobic exercise.
Can people my age do Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for all ages but for insurance reasons I do not take clients under the age of 18. There is no upper age limit. Some of my older clients are still attending class because Pilates is gentle and low-impact exercise and I am able to adjust classes to focus on balance, posture, co-ordination and breathing with older clients in order to maintain mobility.