WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. Pilates training involves exercise both with and without the use of specialised Pilates exercise equipment. Joseph Pilates believed that our body could be transformed into a perfect “powerhouse” resulting in increased strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and better spinal / pelvic alignment. Regular Pilates exercise encourages a heightened awareness of personal movement, better breathing technique and mental focus. It assists in lengthening and sculpting muscle rather than adding sheer bulk. These exercises can be modified according to your fitness level and range from beginner to advanced, even assisting with rehabilitation and professional athletic training. Intensity can be increased once your body is ready to adapt to more challenging positions and the variety of exercise possible across the pilates mat classes and specialised equipment is enormous.

 
 

 

HOW TO START

 

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Interested in joining...

 

Studio Sessions?

An 'Initial Consultation' is a 55min private (1:1) session with a studio instructor and required for all new clients wishing to book 'Studio Sessions'. This includes clients joining us from another studio. Your instructor will introduce you to the Pilates method, complete a postural analysis, review your physical form and teach you how to connect with your inner core. If you are already practising pilates it is a fantastic opportunity to review your current progress and plan new goals. Please discuss any weaknesses, injuries or concerns and ask as many questions as you like. We will discuss the best classes / sessions to fit your needs and reach your fitness goals.
* Initial Consultations and Studio Session bookings must be made directly with the studio via phone or email.

Reformer Classes?

All new clients wishing to join a 'Reformer Class' must complete our 'Reformer Kickstart' pack. This includes clients joining us from another studio. The pack includes an Initial Consultation plus 2x Semi-Private Studio Sessions. Your instructor will introduce you to the pilates method, complete a postural analysis, review your physical form and teach you how to connect with your inner core. You will be shown how to use the Reformer machine correctly, adjust its settings and taught how to train at a level perfect for your capabilities. If you are already practising pilates it is a fantastic opportunity to review your current progress and plan new goals. Please discuss any weaknesses, injuries or concerns and ask as many questions as you like. 
* Reformer Classes at St Ives Studio only. 
* 'Reformer Kickstart' booking must be made directly with the studio via phone or email. 

Mat Classes / Bootybarre?

Joining classes are a fun way to exercise and perfect for anyone in good general health. There is no requirement to complete an Initial Consultation however some new clients prefer a 1:1 session first to introduce them to the Pilates method. A 'Beginner Mat Class' is a great introduction to basic pilates techniques and a perfect class to start with. If you are pregnant or have specific injuries or concerns, please ask which class is suitable for you. Our online booking system is convenient and we have a range of high value, class packs to suit everyone.

 
 

Which session or class is right for me?

If you're not sure what type of session or class you should be doing or just want to find out more, our lovely Studio Managers are ready to help you. Please give us a call and we can talk you through.
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How to Book

There are lots of ways to book with us. Everything can be booked via phone, email or in person – we offer online and our App for class bookings only. 

 

FAQ.

What do i bring & wear?

Bring a towel, water bottle, wear comfortable exercise clothing and clean socks. Specific pilates grip socks are available for purchase in both studios.

 

how often should i do pilates?

Ideally, we recommend 2-3 visits per week but understand this isn't possible for everyone. If one visit per week is more realistic then practice at home is encouraged. As with everything, the more you practice, the more you'll get out of it!

 

how are classes, Studio Sessions, private & semi-private sessions different?

A 'class' is group instruction where exercise is not tailored to individual needs. We do aim for variation from class to class however and offer general modifications to suit different abilities were possible. 
A 'Studio Session' is personalised exercise instruction tailored specifically to a clients' needs and goals. They are offered as 'Private' (1:1) or 'Semi-Private' (3:1) sessions and use a variety of traditional pilates equipment such as the high barrel, trap table and spine corrector. This equipment is not appropriate for use in group classes.

 

 

What is the difference between pilates & yoga?

The most fundamental difference between the two is that yoga has deep philosophical roots. It focuses on uniting body, mind and spirit to bring about harmony and well-being. Pilates also places great emphasis on the body and mind connection, however there is no spiritual focus. Instead the focus is on controlled, precise movements executed with complete focus and breathing technique.

 

I have an injury, can I join a group class?

If you are new to Pilates and have a chronic injury, you will need to book an 'Initial Consultation' to ensure you find the right classes or sessions with our instructors. If you have done Pilates before, are aware of your limitations and understand how to correctly modify exercises, then you can join an appropriate group class. We recommend starting with a Mat class.

 

I've done Pilates at a different studio, do I need an 'Initial Consult' before I can join a reformer class?

Yes, for safety reasons we need to make sure you can use a reformer machine correctly. The Initial Consultation is an opportunity for us to to get to know you and your goals and ensure the classes you want to join are right for you.

 

PILATES FOR MEN

 

Do men practise pilates? YES, it was actually invented by a man but is perfect for both men and women! We train clients with a broad scope of abilities and needs from professional athletes to those needing rehabilitation. Our instructors are highly trained, can help you reach your fitness goals and are passionate about making sure you experience variety from class to class, session to session. We love talking 'Pilates' so please contact us with any questions you might have.

Here are 5 benefits that men tell us they love most about Pilates:

Builds strength and uniform development.
Increases flexibility.
Prevents and repairs injuries.
Improves posture and builds a strong core.
Develops neglected muscles not usually utilised in alternate fitness.