|What should I wear?
Come to class in comfortable clothes with no zippers or big buttons
that may hinder ease of movement. Women tend to like wearing snug
tops so as not to feel uncomfortable transitioning from one position
What is the difference between doing
matwork and using the equipment?
All levels of the Pilates workout can be peformed on a mat alone
(phew, I can do it at home!). The matwork may incorporate tools
such as the Magic Circle and Therabands for resistance, various-sized
balls and rubber or foam rollers.
In a Pilates studio, you may find basic Pilates apparatus including
the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair that function using springs, pulleys
or a combination of the two to create the right resistance for your
level. You may also find the Ladder Barrel and Arc Barrel, which
provide support for stretching.
However, a complete workout can involve exercises on the mat alone
or can be complemented by any of the other Pilates equipment. Whichever
approach you choose is sure to offer enough variety to make you
to want to do more....
How often should I do Pilates?
Pilates is a discipline and with any discipline, progress takes
time.... The best is to try to work out every other day or at least
three times a week. Taking a break between sessions will give you
time to do some cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, swimming,
dancing or biking. Little by little, you will find that you start
to naturally integrate some of the Pilates principles into everyday
activities and sports, feeling more of a body-mind connection.
Can Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates in itself is not a cardiovascular exercise system. However,
the Pilates method combined with healthy eating and a cardiovascular
routine can provide a tangible boost to any weight-loss program.
If you are diligent about practicing Pilates, it will strengthen
and tone the body, helping you feel and look better.
do the classes take place?
I offer group and private classes at people's homes. I also have
a small space in Chateauneuf de Grasse where I teach Reformer classes
and bespoke mat classes. A good way to start is to get a few friends
together, clear a space in your diary and in your house and start
up a group Pilates class.
Can I do Pilates if I'm
Generally speaking, new exercise regimes are not recommended during
the first trimester of pregnancy. If, however, you have been practicing
Pilates and your pregnancy is a normal, healthy one, you may consider
starting a very gentle pre-natal Pilates class during the second
trimester. It is important not to over-exert the core muscles to
avoid any separation of the abdominal muscles. Most exercises should
be done in a sitting position. It is also important to avoid over-stretching
because the ligaments around the joints become lax during pregnancy.
Make sure you discuss any exercise regime with your doctor or gynecologist.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Develops body strength and flexibility
Helps posture and awareness of body alignment
Strengthens and lengthens all muscle groups
Increases overall coordination and awareness
Tones and slims the body
Boosts confidence in movement and daily life
can be adapted to everyone's needs...
Pilates help my bad back?
Pilates is an excellent exercise system that reinforces not only
the core muscles, but all the muscles in the body, developing a
more balanced body. Teaching proper alignment and thereby improved
posture, the Pilates method can in turn prevent and ease back pain.
How long does it take to feel the difference in my
This is one of those cases of, “You only get out what you
put in”. All disciplines take time and commitment. Because
Pilates focuses on the deeper and harder-to-reach muscles of the
body, many people have a hard time locating them at first. In certain
cases it takes weeks or even months for the brain to pinpoint them.
That is why it is very important to repeat the fundamental exercises.
In a nutshell, the transformation time varies for each student,
but, as with any discipline, the more you practice, the better you
get and the more you see results.
What are the
benefits of post-natal Pilates?
Getting back into shape after birth may seem like an enormous uphill
battle that may take years, but Pilates offers a perfect exercise
program for moms who want get back into shape. Post-natal Pilates
offers exercises that tone the lower abs and lift the pelvic floor.
These gentle exercises realign and strengthen the body after pregnancy
helping new moms to feel better all around.