Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Benefit From Pilates?

Pilates is an extremely flexible framework of exercises, allowing it to be tailored to any age and / or fitness level. It can also help those:

  • Recovering from a specific injury (and assist in prevention of future episodes)
  • Living with conditions such as backache, arthritis and osteoporosis or shoulder and neck, knee and hip problems,
  • Seeking relief from stress through efficient breathing assisting muscle release and relaxation,
  • Training for different forms of sport - many professional athletes use Pilates to improve their performance in such fields as golf, tennis, rugby, football and cricket.

As this is a progressive framework, it means that although everyone starts by learning basic core principles they can then progress at their own rate in the knowledge that the repertoire contains exercises that are challenging for professional athletes.

 

What if I have a current injury or medical condition?

As with all forms of exercise, it is recommended that you consult your doctor / medical practitioner before you start Pilates - particularly if you  have an existing medical condition / injury.

If you have been referred or have an existing medical condition / injury, Rob will ask your medical practitioner to complete a short form to confirm that they are happy for you to exercise and to identify any specific recommendations that they wish to be observed.

Rob actively works with osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors to ensure that your Pilates programme complements their treatment and avoids any contraindicated movements.

Please inform Rob at the beginning of each mat class or private lesson if there has been any change in your ability to exercise (including diagnosis of any new conditions). All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

What if I am pregnant?

Pilates can offer many benefits during pregnancy. However, all pregnant mothers should obtain medical approval from their GP or midwife before they start and check regularly with their medical practitioner throughout the pregnancy.

It is generally recommended that you stop exercising between weeks 8-14 and, if you are new to Pilates, Rob will often recommend you wait until your second trimester.

As with all his clients, Rob asks you to let him know if there has been any change in your ability to exercise at the beginning of each mat class or private lesson.

It is also wise to wait at least 6 weeks after a natural birth before resuming exercise (this will be longer for caesarian deliveries).

 

What should I wear?

Please choose clothes that are comfortable and will enable you to move freely. As your posture needs to be assessed, please ensure that clothing isn't too baggy:

  • A close fitting T-shirt
  • Leggings / shorts / tracksuit bottoms
  • There are no specific footwear requirements; socks or bare feet are fine

 

What do I need to bring with me?

All equipment is provided for both mat classes and private lessons, but Rob recommends you bring a bottle of water to your mat class.

If you take any emergency medication (e.g. asthma inhaler, angina spray, EpiPen etc.) please ensure that you bring it with you to all lessons/classes.

 

What about cardiovascular fitness?

While Pilates provides a varied workout for the entire body (and mind), it does not address cardiovascular health.

Rob recommends that all his clients try and integrate some form of aerobic exercise into their self-practice, this can take many forms such as:

  • Brisk Walking (this includes Nordic Walking)
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
 

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