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What are the main benefits of Pilates ?

There are so many benefits to Pilates:

  • Improved core strength and stability
  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Improved posture
  • Greater mind-body awareness
  • Relief of aches and pains
  • Toned, stronger, leaner muscles
  • Improved muscle imbalances
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Enhanced performance in other exercises and sports
  • Better coordination and concentration
  • Boosts energy
  • Reduce stress and tensions



Who is Pilates for ?

Anyone. Young, old, big, small, including those with:


  • Postural problems
  • Back and joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Athletes wanting to enhance performance
  • Suffering stress related conditions


Why is Pilates so popular ?

Its effectiveness! it really does work.

That coupled with the endorsement of many famous people, it gets a lot of good press.

Also, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors often recommend Pilates.



What should I wear to a Pilates class ?

Something comfortable that doesn't restrict any movement: leggings, tracksuit, t-shirt etc...

I suggest wearing layers in case you feel cold/hot. No fancy trainers needed. Just socks.



Is there an age limit on learning Pilates ?

Quite simply, No.

I have clients as young as 14 years old, right up to people in the 80's.



How often do I need to do Pilates ?

As often as possible. It depends on what your goals are and how quickly you want to achieve them.

Twice a week is ideal. Once is very good. Of course, you can also do a little between classes to help. 



Is there anything I should be aware of before I participate in a Pilates class ?

There are a few things to bear in mind:

  • As when starting any new fitness regime, always consult your doctor
  • Do not eat a heavy meal immediately prior to a class
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Be aware if on painkillers, as they may mask the signs of pain
  • If unwell, do not participate


What equipment is used in the class ?

There are no big machines all classes use the following that are provided for you:

  • Mats on the floor for your comfort and protection
  • Blocks for head support and alignment
  • Bands to assist with stretching exercises and adds resistance with other exercises
  • Gliding discs and mini stability balls are also used but not every week

In 1-2-1 sessions as well as the above list, additional Pilates equipment is used, such as the Biofeedback, Foam Roller, Stability Ball, weighted balls, hand weights and Fitness Circle.

Please feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

I recommend you bring a hand towel which may assist with some exercises and a small bottle of water as refreshments may not be available on site. 



I'm pregnant, can I do Pilates?

Yes. However, firstly you need to get permission from your doctor. I only teach Pilates in pregnancy on a 1-2-1 basis as each individual has special needs in each trimester. I do not recommend you start Pilates whilst pregnant if you've not done any Pilates before. 




How many people in the group class?

I like to cap my classes so I can see everyone and help them as much as possible.

  • Beginners - 10 people
  • Intermediate and Advanced - 15 people

Contact: Maria Coulter
Tel: 07956 156718
Email: maria.pilates@btinternet.com

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