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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s some questions we get frequently asked

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a uniquely precise and intelligent approach to exercise and body-conditioning, which gives you a leaner, suppler, more toned body and a calmer, more relaxed mind.

It takes its name from Joseph Pilates, who devised it in the early part of the last century.

Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, that lengthens and strengthens the muscles and improves posture. Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
  • A stronger, healthier back
  • A more muscular, mobile and flexible body
  • A flatter stomach
  • A better body shape
  • A better balance between strength and flexibility
  • Better posture
  • A straighter spine
  • Easier and fuller movement
  • Better coordination
  • More body awareness
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Stress reduction
  • A feeling of peace and well-being
Who can benefit from Pilates?

Pilates is still popular with dancers, gymnasts and athletes, but it is also suitable for most men and women, from 9 to 90 years old, and beyond. 

When can I expect to see results?

‘In ten sessions’, Joseph Pilates said, ‘you will feel the difference; in 20 you will see the difference; and in 30 you will have a whole new body’.

Most people begin to experience a difference after 10 sessions, for example with the feeling that they are moving looser and feel more flexible.

The longer you continue, the more likely you are to see and feel your body shape change and develop.

Is Pilates mainly for women?

It’s not like that. After all, Pilates was invented by a man, Joseph Pilates, originally for his own use.

Men tend to be less flexible than women and therefore benefit from Pilates more..

Can I do Pilates when I am pregnant?

Consult your doctor before exercising during pregnancy. However, Pilates is generally particularly suitable for pregnant women as it is an effective form of training that strengthens back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.

Many women discover Pilates for the first time and become clients, both during pregnancy and after the birth of their children.

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