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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?


If you have done Pilates before, please contact me to find if there are places available for you at the location you prefer.  If you have never done Pilates before it is recommended that you attend an introductory session to ensure Pilates is right for you where you can learn the basics in a one to one environment or in a small group before joining a class.  Contact me for more information.



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


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.