frequently asked questions

Q. What age group is pilates suitable for?

All ages can benefit from pilates training from young elite athletes to those well beyond retirement age as the exercises can be adapted to suit all levels of fitness and accommodate all body types. Pilates is suitable for seniors as it is gentle on the joints and excellent in maintaining good posture and circulation.

Q. What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of slow flowing exercises that improves body alignment relieving stress on the joints and develops core strength which improves posture. Pilates was once the secret of dancers elite athletes and celebrities, it was developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates but is now becoming more widely available and adapted to anyone wanting to stay fit and healthy without physically jarring the body.

Q. How is Pilates different from Yoga?

Pilates concentrates on developing core strength through repetitions of flowing exercise patterns utilising breath control in order to develop a co-ordinated body that is both strong and mobile. Yoga moves from one still posture to another without repetitions.

Q. Why is Pilates a Mind-Body exercise system?

During a pilates workout you will become totally absorbed in how to perform the movements and how your body feels as you move. This creates a harmony of the mind and body that is wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. There is no time to dwell on everyday concerns and the time flashes by. Tension and stress in the body are relived and the mind cleared and refreshed.

Q. What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely but not too baggy so that your teacher is able to see how your body is working. Thin layers are better than one thick so you can regulate body temperature as you work. Shoes are not needed but wearing socks is recommended.

Q. Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

If you are already doing pilates you should be able to continue to do so right through your pregnancy with adaptations and guidance and so long as you have no medical complications. As a beginner you need to be in the early stage of your pregnancy or wait until the baby is born when pilates can help you recover your body shape and tone starting after your six week check-up if all is well.

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