Frequently asked questions

Do I need to bring a mat or equipment with me?


No. Mats and all other equipment will be supplied although if you prefer to use your own mat you are welcome to bring it. I would recommend bringing some water.




Is there parking available?


Yes, there is a car park on site and ample road side parking.




Are there changing facilities?


There are toilets but they are not suitable for changing. I would recommend you change prior to attending.




Can I cancel my booking?


Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before the scheduled class time by logging in to your account if you have made an online booking, or via the app if you have booked through there. You will then be issued with a refund via your orginal payment method. If you have booked via email, text or sms, please also provide notice within 24 hours to ensure somebody else has access to your place.




How often should I do Pilates?


To benefit from Pilates it is recommened you attend at least 2 sessions a week...However, if you are currently not doing any exercise, or alternatively don't do any body conditioning within your current routine, making a start regardless of frequency is a great step in the right direction and will bring some benefits.




Pilates is easy isn't it?


If you think Pilates is easy...the chances are you're doing it wrong! Pilates is progressive, meaning like all things in life there will be some exercises you can do easily, but others you will need to work towards. Mixed ability classes include progressions for all levels of strength and fitness, so you will always be suitably challenged. It's also worth remembering that Pilates was originally developed for professional ballet dancers - and in the vast majority of cases exercises have been simplified to suit the general population...so if you're finding them easy there's always a more demanding alternative.




Will I lose weight?


Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume, so as with all forms of exercise this will depend on your nutritional habits, and other levels of physical activity. You will burn calories during a Pilates class, and if done regularly will benefit from improved muscle strength and tone (amongst many other things!) - however the key is making sure you balance this with good nutritional habits and self care.




What should I wear?


Comfortable exercise clothing that allows freedom of movement is recommended - so comfort is essential. You will be required to remove shoes during class and if you prefer not to have bare feet, non slip socks can be worn.




Is Pilates just for women?


Pilates was created by a man! It is absolutely for everyone, regardless of gender or physical capability or exercise experiemce. Many male professional athletes incorporate Pilates into their training routines including the likes of golfers, american footballers, athletes and rugby players,




I have a health condition. Can I do Pilates?


Pilates can help manage some chronic health conditions and is often recommended by health professionals as part of a condition management programme. However, whether it is safe for you to exercise will depend on your own individual circumstances and whether your GP permits it. If you suffer from any chronic health conditions it is best to check with your GP whether exercise would be a good option for you.




What's the difference between Pilates and Yoga?


Yoga originated thousands of year's ago whereas Pilates was originally developed in the 1920s by its founder Joseph Pilates as a series of exercises named 'contrology'. Unlike Yoga, a large proportion of Pilates exercises are conducted on your back or from seated or front lying positions, meaning you will spend little time standing in a class. Whilst yoga teaches you to adopt a pose, in Pilates you will perform controlled repetitions of isolated movements that pay particular attention to using your core for stability and developing abdominal strength to help postural correction. You could describe Pilates as being created with an emphasis on reaching physical goals, whereas yoga has more of a spiritual alignment. The main similarity between yoga and Pilates is that they are both 'low impact' - meaning they place little stress or force on the body. Both exercise methods also consider the use of breath as an essential element of their practice, however the way in which this aids movement and focus differs.




I have an injury. Can I do Pilates?


This all depends on the injury and length of time since it was sustained. If your physiotherapist or GP has recommended low impact exercise or Pilates specifically as part of your rehabilitation then yes you can do Pilates - however it's important you make me aware of your circumstances before class so relevant adapatations can be considered and made. It may be necessary for you to undergo some private sessions prior to joining group class to condition your body after the inujury and ensure safety for participation. In the correct circumstances, Pilates is considered to be a fantastic rehabilitative exercise due to its low impact nature, and muscle isolating technique.




I'm not flexible...so I presume Pilates isn't for me?


This is a question I hear a lot as people tend to assume Pilates requires flexiblilty. The truth is that if you aren't flexible that's one of the best reasons to start! Pilates helps develop and improve your flexiblity - regardless of whether you have much to begin with.




How long are classes and how many people do they hold?


Classes are 50 minutes with a maximum capacity of ten




Do I need to book or can I just turn up?


Yes you do need to book as classes are limited to only ten to ensure personal attention at all times. Do so via the website, app, or by emailing info@espilates.co.uk or calling 07400 714364




I'm pregnant - can I do Pilates?


That depends on what stage you are at in your pregnancy and your exercise history prior to getting pregnant. Please contact us to discus your circumstances.





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