What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. It was developed in the early 1900’s by the German born, Joseph Pilates, who believed physical and mental strength were closely connected. Pilates can be done as part of a class or on a 1-2-1 basis. There are lots of classes to choose from – some are mat based and others may use specialist equipment.
What shall I wear for Pilates
Wear something comfortable that you can move easily in. We also ask that you wear socks, idealy grippy socks. We sell specilaist Pilates socks and new mat members will receive a pair of socks as part of their induction!
Why do I need an induction before joining a Mat Pilates class?
If you haven’t already seen us at goPhysio and want to join our studio classes, you will need to come and see one of our Pilates Instructors before you join a class. This is essential so we can screen you for any injuries or particularly weak areas, find out exactly what you want to achieve by coming to Pilates and teach you the basics before you start. This is commonplace for any Clinical Pilates classes. This 30 minute appointment will really help you get 110% out of the classes.
Our induction package includes a 30 minute 1-2-1 Pilates session, a month of Pilates classes (1 mat class/week) and a pair of special Pilates socks.
How do I choose a Pilates class?
There are lot’s of different types of Pilates and classes to choose from, such as Reformer, Fitness Pilates, PiYo and mat Pilates. If you’re new to Pilates a good place to start is a mat based class. This is the bread and butter of Pilates and the basis on which all other Pilates is built. We progress our mat classes from beginner through to advanced at a pace that suits each individual.
If you’ve had an injury who better to teach you than a qualified Physiotherapist or Sports and Rehabilitation Therapist. We integrate all our knowledge and experience into the classes to make sure you progress at the right pace, are challenged appropriately and don’t risk re-injuring yourself. It’s almost like having access to ongoing, group physiotherapy.
You may also want to consider how many people are in the class. The key to Pilates exercises is the quality of the movement. To gain benefit you have to do the exercises correctly. Smaller classes enable the instructor to give individual guidance. We’ve actually had people come to us after suffering an injury by doing Pilates incorrectly in a large class. At goPhysio, we never have more than 5 people in our classes, so you get lot’s of support, attention and guidance.
How do your classes differ to those at my local gym or village hall?
There is no regulation in the Pilates industry, so training and qualifications can vary hugely. The benefits of Pilates are truly realised when the exercises are done correctly, paying attention to the quality of movement and finer details. To acheive this, your instructor needs a deep understanding of anatomy and how the body works. Who better to do this than a qualified health professional with specilaist training and knowledge of human movement!
Our classes are really small, so you won’t be laying amongst another 10 or 20 people wondering what to do! Our Instructors will really get to know you and be able to fully adapt exercises for you as an individual.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Our studio is fully equipped. We ask that you bring as little as possible with you. There is space outside the studio to hang your coat. You may want to bring a bottle of water with you.
How does Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates differ?
The Reformer is a specilaist piece of equipment, based around a solid platform with pulleys and springs. This adds both challenge and support, so can be used to mkae the exercises easier or harder. You can do Pilates exercises on the Reformer in lying, sitting, kneeling and even standing!
I'm not sure whether to do mat or Reformer?
It’s really personal choice, some people much prefer mat others Reformer! Using the Reformer equipment as part of your Pilates does provide much more variety and some say is a little more challening. However, the Reformer can also be used very effectively to make Pilates exercises easier and is great for those who struggle to get on and off the floor, as the bed is raised.
Why do I need to do some 1-2-1 sessions before starting Reformer classes?
The Reformer bed has lot’s of moving and working parts, that all have a role to play in your Pilates. And so do you! It is essential that we can screen you for any injuries or particularly weak areas, find out exactly what you want to achieve by coming to Pilates and teach you the basics before you start. It is also crucial you know how to use the equipment safely, as you will neeed to be able to adjust the Reformer as part of the class yourself.
Why are your classes only managed through a membership?
We decided to manage our classes through a monthly membership option to make life easier for everyone! We moved away from courses and termly sessions, as there was so much admin associated with this for you and us! It took a lot of time to re-sign up for classes, when our attendees just wanted to keep coming to the same class! So, we moved over to an easy to manage membership system. As our classes are so small, we have to carefully manage numbers, and this way, all members are allocated a guaranteed space in a regular weekly class, 50 weeks a year! We can manage our class sizes and you don’t have to remember to re-sign up every few weeks!
I don't want to or can't come to the studio, what other options are there?
We also offer an online only Pilates membership. This provides you with unlimted access to over 100 pre-recorded Pilates classes, with new classes added regularly. This is £29/month with a 7 day free trial. Find out more and sign up here.