Q. What should I wear?
A. Form fitting, easy to move in clothes are best with no zips or buttons, so I can easily see your form. If you don’t have gym clothes then track suit bottoms and a t-shirt are fine. The important thing is that they are not too baggy or have thick seams or zips as they can be really uncomfortable to wear. No jeans! (you won’t be able to move properly!)
Q. Do i need to bring anything with me?
A. Non-slip socks are advisable to stop you sliding about! In group classes you will need to bring your own exercise mat but I provide blocks, bands and balls for use in the sessions. You may also wish to bring a towel and a drink.
Q. What happens in a typical Pilates session?
A. Typically, a session involves a range of movement warmup. We then do a series of Pilates movements working through the plains of the body. If you are attending a class, the numbers will be kept low so that the exercises can be adapted as necessary for each participant. When you attend your first class, you need to bring your completed ParQ form (downloadable from the ‘classes’ tab on my website). In 1-to-1 lessons I am able to use a broad variety of exercises and equipment, including the Reformer, to best meet your personal exercise goals.
Q. What is a typical Reformer session?
A. Joseph Pilates exercise system was originally designed to be performed on the Reformer. The Reformer is an exercise platform that creates resistance for the body to work against, creating a long, lean physique.
The first session includes a postural assessment, which gives us a base line from which to work. Exercises will then be chosen to best meet your personal needs. We then perform a series of exercises, using appropriate spring resistance.
Q. Will I get the same results from Matwork as I will from the Reformer?
A. As mentioned in the question above, Joseph Pilates developed the matwork series later, for his students to perform as homework to compliment their time with the reformer. These days matwork is often used as an exercise system in its own right. However, the Reformer makes it easier to feel imbalances in your body, and therefore correcting them is also easier. The Reformer makes it far harder for you to cheat and do the exercises incorrectly, and you will achieve better results.
Q. What is the STOTT Pilates method?
A. Quoting from the STOTT Pilates website:
STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.
STOTT PILATES exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The Five Basic Principles focus on:
Rib cage placement
Head & cervical spine placement
Q. What are Micro-Classes?
A. These are usually a group of up to three friends, who want to exercise together but find the class time inconvenient. These small sessions can be tailored to your needs, and can incorporate Yoga, Pilates, iMoveFreely or dance as you prefer. I also use this format for my ‘Yoga for people living with cancer’ classes, as I’ve found it creates a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. These classes are held at my home, or in my tranquil garden if that is what you wish!