Frequent questions about pilates
What are the health benefits of pilates?
pilates can help improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension.
Can pilates help reduce back pain?
There's evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with lower back pain. For the exercises to be effective, they need to be tailored to the individual and taught by a qualified teacher.
Can pilates help me lose weight?
pilates exercise can support weight loss and give a more streamlined appearance . If you want to lose weight you should combine pilates with a healthy diet and some aerobic activities, such as swimming, walking, runing and cycling.
Am I too old for pilates?
No. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages. I have clients aged in their 80s. “It’s never too late to start..
With pilates, you can devise a programme of exercises tailored to the individual. With older adults, I tend to work on balance, posture, co-ordination and breathing. I offer more gentle exercises to work on their weaknesses and improve their mobility.
Do I have to be fit to do pilates?
No. Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. Practitioners say it's a more gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury.
many of my clients do pilates because they're not fit.
pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone less active, and it can challenge someone very fit. Before starting any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.
Can I injure myself doing pilates?
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Injuries are uncommon. However, it's important that you find a qualified teacher and a class suitable to your level to ensure that the routines aren't too challenging.
i do my best to give spacail attancen to each person and suit each person’s strengths and weaknesses.
If you don't exercise already or you're recovering from injury, it's advisable to check with your GP, a health professional and the pilates teacher before starting a class.
What’s the difference between pilates and yoga?
Both pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing.
Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body.
What’s the difference between pilates with apparatus and pilates on mats?
Joseph Pilates designed his exercises to be performed on specialised apparatus, and later developed mat exercises to allow his students to practise at home.
With pilates on mats, exercises are mostly performed on the mat, sometimes using small pieces of equipment such as stretch bands and gym balls.
For certain medical conditions, apparatus-based pilates may be more suitable, as the equipment and smaller class size means an exercise programme can be tailored to your individual needs.
Classes using apparatus offer a higher level of individual attention but they're usually more expensive. The apparatus is used to provide resistance to challenge your body and support your body, depending on your needs.
What should I look out for when choosing a class or teacher?
It's important to choose a teacher who suits your physical needs, whether it’s a health condition, fitness level or budget. Other things to consider are the teacher’s length of training and teaching experience.
you should choose a teacher you connect with.
That’s the best way to ensure you’re going to enjoy the class.