Questions & Answers
What is Pilates and what does it do?
Pilates is a discipline created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates and originally called “Contrology”. He said “My method develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit”.
Pilates is unique because it systematically exercises all the muscle groups in your body, paying particular attention to the weaker muscles. Aiming to create a natural balance, suppleness and strength. Pilates offers a different way of thinking about your body. It is an excellent preventative technique that will strengthen your body against possible injury. It does this by developing good posture and a stronger centre (core). It uses smooth, flowing movements to gently stretch muscles, pulling them into leaner, longer toned shapes. The exercises increase mobility and flexibility, also strengthening ligaments and joints.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates is suitable for all ages, abilities and levels of fitness as well as pre or post-natal women. Pilates works well for people recovering from injuries or illness and can aid recovery. Even if you have had a break since last exercising or never had an exercise routine before, Pilates is a great place to start. Pilates can be used in conjunction with all types of sports i.e. runners, athletes, dancers and all other disciplines. It compliments them by improving their performance.
How challenging are the sessions?
Classes are tailor-made for the current group of clients attending with mixed ability options to suit everyone. Emma has a wealth of knowledge in adapting exercises, giving easier or more advanced options when needed.
1-1 sessions will be tailor-made to suit your personal needs and are the most effective way of learning Pilates.
What should I wear?
Loose comfortable layers that you can freely move in, being able to easily adjust the layers of clothing to suit your own body temperature during the session. Please be aware that shoes are removed during the session.
What will I need for my Pilates session?
All your equipment would usually be provided for you by Emma but due to the current Covid-19 restrictions all equipment must now be provided by you. You don’t need to spend a lot of money with fancy equipment unless you want to, your basic needs are a mat (the thicker the better) and some cushions or blocks in various thicknesses (a towel can also work quite nicely). If you would like to discuss what other types of equipment might be of benefit to you, please contact Emma for further information.
Why do Pilates and what are the benefits?
Pilates aims to develop a stronger centre (core), increasing awareness and strength will provide stability, and improving flexibility and movement will increase mobility, particularly the spine. All of which will result in a healthy, balanced, supported and well protected back. Reducing the risk of injuries or the reoccurrence of an injury or conditions.
Pilates restores posture, alignment and balance which will allow your body to function more efficiently. This improves day to day function, enhances the effectiveness of others sports and improving performance.
Pilates will make you more aware of your body, how it moves, developing your proprioception, co-ordination, awareness and balance.
The positive and calming atmosphere with the use of breathing techniques will release any tension and stress leaving you feeling relaxed, focused and helping to reduce stress. Correct breathing patterns will improve lung function, circulating blood and will help to improve cell function.