Pilates is a movement based practice that is designed to build core strength, joint stability and correct muscle imbalance. It uses reformer beds, resistance equipment, light weights and bodyweight to teach the body to switch on the right muscles at the right time. Pilates works with slow, controlled movements and breath to fine tune and tone the body. It is the perfect compliment to every other type of exercise, including yoga.
How is Pilates different from yoga?
Pilates works with smaller movements and a different type of breathing. Yoga is meant to prepare the body and mind for meditation; Pilates was originally created to rehabilitate injured dancers. Yoga is an awesome practice to stretch and strengthen the body and Pilates is a complimentary practice that allows you to strengthen the smaller muscles in your body that can be tricky to access in a yoga practice.
What if i'm not flexible?
Pilates will help you gain flexibility. Not only that, Pilates will give you the stability to move with control in and out of deep stretches. Say goodbye to over stretching injuries!
is pilates beneficial for men?
Yes! Pilates is great for every body. We all have dominant muscles that do most of the work when we are exercising. By training the weaker muscles we are able to get more out of our other movement practices and our lives. Men tend to be less flexible than women and regular stretching can help prevent injuries and strains.
can i eat before class?
A light snack before class is okay however it is advised you do not eat a heavy meal at least 2 hours before class. Remember to drink plenty of water and get those electrolytes back in your body after class.
What should i wear?
Wear light, non-restrictive clothing you feel comfortable to stretch in. No shoes are to be worn in the studio.
WHen should I avoid pilates?
For the most part, a Pilates practice can be modified to address injuries or other health concerns. Please let your instructor know if you are pregnant or have and other concerns that you feel may affect your ability to move safely.
Can I attend during my pregnancy?
All classes are suitable during your term - as long as you have the all clear from your physician. Our instructors are well experienced to offer modifications as you need them, throughout all stages. Please just arrive 10 mins prior to your first class, we can have a chat to you about any specific concerns or questions you might have as well we will add some notes to your account so that other instructors are aware when you attend different sessions.
We have many clients that continue to practise with us throughout their entire pregnancy to maintain their fitness and strength.
Do I need to book in?
Yes! We have a limited number of reformer beds so it is best to book in to ensure you have a spot.