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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise founded by Joseph Pilates who died in 1967.  Pilates aims to strengthen the body with particular emphasis on the muscles surrounding the core / trunk of the body combining mental and physical conditioning.  Joseph Pilates suffered from many childhood illness and in order to rehabilitate himself, he experimented with many different forms of exercise and combined aspects of them in his method.

Who is Pilates good for?

Everyone!  Pilates can improve strength, flexibility and control in any age and any ability.  Top level athletes and rugby player now incorporate Pilates principles into their training sessions.  The classes I run are suitable for all ages and abilities and especially those new to Pilates or rehabilitating from an injury, including back pain, as my physiotherapy training ensures I can tailor exercises to any condition.  It is still advisable to seek advice from your GP if you have any health concerns before starting a class, or if you are particularly worried about an injury and your suitability for Pilates, please consider booking a physiotherapy assessment with me first.

What are the health benefits of Pilates?

Regular Pilates practise can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, Pilates can complement their training by developing whole body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.  There are many reports on the health benefits of Pilates, however few of these have been subjected to rigorous scientific examination and there's a need for more research in this area.

Can I injure myself doing Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise so injuries are uncommon, however you can cause yourself pain if you do not perform the exercises correctly.  You need to ensure you do not push yourself beyond your capability and listen to what your body is feeling.  If an exercise is feeling too hard, causing you pain or you cannot perform it correctly, stop, reset and either try again or take the exercise down a level.  I will guide you.

You should not exercise if you are feeling unwell, have eaten a large meal within 2 hours of the class, if you have been drinking alcohol or you have an acute injury which is causing you pain.  Care must be taken with the exercises if you are currently taking painkillers and it is best not to take them so you can feel what the exercises are doing to your injury.

Do I need any equipment?

For classes you will need to bring a small towel, a bottle of water and a soft exercise mat if you have one.

Mats are provided if you do not have one and any equipment used will also be provided.  The exercises are performed in bare feet as socks are too slippery on the floor.  You should wear loose comfortable clothes that have some stretch.

Can I just turn up for a class?

Yes you can, although if you have never done Pilates before, please contact me to ensure that it is the right form of exercise for you.  It might be that a one to one session might be best before you join a class or if you have done other forms of exercise before you might find joining a class straight away suitable.  

How long are the classes?

The classes are an hour long, including a warm up and cool down, however, if you feel this is too much for you to start with, feel free to stop whenever you like and have a rest, drink of water and a sit down until you feel able to carry on again.  You will progressively become stronger and more able to deal with the exercises as time goes on and with practice.

Where are classes held?

Monday -  Cherry Burton Village Hall, 14 Main Street, Cherry Burton, HU17 7RF

                      6.30 pm Beginners

                      7.30 pm Intermediate / Advanced

Thursday - Etton Village Hall, 37 Main Street, Etton, HU17 7PG

                       9.30 am Intermediate / Advanced

                      10.30 am Beginners

Friday -       Lockington Village Hall, Chapel Street (Off Thorpe Road), YO25 9SN

                       10 am All abilities

How much do the classes cost?

Classes are £7.50 each or £50 for a block of 7 to be used as an when you like.