Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I get started in Pilates?
If you have been recommended by your physio/GP to commence with Pilates exercise due to a specific condition or injury, then the best place to start is with an Initial Assessment.
On your Initial Assessment, you will be seen individually by one of our highly trained staff who will assess your posture, strength, muscular balance and flexibility and will discuss any background information that maybe relevant to your future training with us.
Beginners Matwork Course:
If you are generally fit and healthy and are looking for a group class, then enrol on our 6 week intense beginners course.
It is essential to learn the basic fundamentals of Pilates to enable you to improve your technique and work in a safe and challenging environment.
On completion of the course you can then filter into any other matwork class of your choice.
How large are your classes?
We have no more than 10 participants in our matwork classes. Clinical back class has a maximum of 7.
How long is a matwork class or studio session?
Each Matwork class lasts 1 hour. Studio sessions last 1 hour, 15 minutes.
How do I pay?
Cheque: Made payable to ‘Lancashire Pilates Studio’
On line banking
Cash: Please call into the studio
Please note that all studio sessions and initial assessments are to be paid for in advance and a 24 hour cancellation policy applies.
Do I need any special equipment?
If you are joining a matwork class, you will need to bring your own mat, theraband and overball. We can provide therabands and overballs in our Starter pack costing £10.
What should I wear?
Please do not wear restrictive clothing. Wear something comfortable to exercise in such as leggings, tracksuit bottoms and a comfortable t-shirt. Pilates requires sensitivity through the feet so we ask you to come in non-slip socks.
How often should I do Pilates?
We recommend two to three times a week. Even if you only attend one class or studio session a week, we advise you carry out some of the exercises at home. We can provide you with an individually tailored home exercise programme so that you can continue with the exercises in the comfort of your own home.
When will I see results?
Joseph Pilates suggested that after 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body. Most people do report that after 10 sessions they feel taller and looser. As with any exercise programme. results are entirely dependent on consistency and commitment.
Am I too old for Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for young and old. The beauty of the method is the way in which the exercises can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual, no matter what their age.
Isn’t Pilates just for women?
No! Joseph Pilates who invented the technique was obviously male and he initially trained circus performers and boxers. It was only later that Pilates became popular with the dance community and women.
Do I need to do any other forms of exercise?
We recommend you also undertake regular aerobic exercise, such as walking or swimming. Any aerobic exercise should place minimum strain on the joints. If in doubt, please speak to your Doctor.
How can I tell if my Pilates Instructor knows what they are doing?
You should check whether your Instructor places heavy emphasis on correct body placement, control and breathing. Do they adapt some of the exercises for those who require individual attention? Also, you should ask them what training they have done and how long their training took to complete. Ideally your Instructor should be certified through an extensive Pilates training programme, one comprised of lectures, observation, practice, hands-on apprenticing plus a written and practical examination. Find out if your Instructor is educated in handling clients with specific injuries or body conditions that might warrant a modified approach. A professional Pilates Instructor should keep up with the latest developments in exercise science, choreography, small prop usage and more through continuing education workshops.
Isn’t Pilates a bit like yoga?
Although there are some similarities between the two, which is probably because Joseph Pilates was influenced by both Eastern and Western techniques of exercise and breathing, Pilates consists of more dynamic and flowing movements as opposed to yoga which tends to involve more static poses.