What’s the difference between Mat and apparatus Pilates?
Our mat classes are taught in groups of up to 8 people, in which everyone does the same exercise at the same time, so it’s a group ‘we’re all in it together’ experience. Generally, there will be a continual flow from one exercise to the next, for the whole class.
The apparatus, which is based on Joseph Pilates’ original designs, uses spring resistance, which might add support, or additional challenge to the exercises. This versatility means that classes with the apparatus can be more bespoke than mat classes. We also find that the spring resistance is very effective at making the principles of Pilates clearer - the springs are like another teacher. This, along with the versatility of the apparatus and the large repertoire of exercises, is why we recommend apparatus classes for anyone who is new to Pilates.
My doctor/osteopath/physiotherapist has recommended Pilates, what should I do?
If you are taking up Pilates on the advice of a medical professional, because of an injury or medical condition, we strongly recommend Private (one to one) classes with the apparatus to begin with. Your teacher will be happy to advise you on when to consider other options, such as Studio or mat classes.
What should I wear to my Pilates class?
Wear what you will be comfortable in to move freely - not too tight, nor very loose. Sweat pants/jogging bottoms, leggings or shorts, and a t-shirt or similar top.
You will not be wearing shoes for your class and you can be barefoot or in socks, as you prefer.
How do I book?
We do not answer the phone when we’re teaching and the best way to book a class is usually by email. If you want to book a one to one class please let us know the days of the week and times of day that would suit you best. If you want to book a mat class please let us know which one - you can check the matt class timetable here.
Do I need to pay in advance?
You can pay for your class on the day, either by cash or card. If you want to pay by bank transfer you can do so in advance - we will be happy to email our bank details to you.