Is Pilates like Yoga?
Pilates and Yoga do have some similarities, both are considered mind-body type methods of movement and both emphasize the breath and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen. However, the difference is that while Yoga, for the most part (Ashtanga is an exception), involves moving from one static pose to another. Pilates flows through a series of movements that are dynamic, systematic and anatomically based focusing on strengthening your internal corset (pelvic floor, core and postural muscles). The Pilates method conditions the whole body to achieve optimal and functional fitness, Yoga however is a philosophy that encompasses an entire lifestyle including ethical and spiritual values.
How does Pilates help my bad back?
Doing Pilates will help to keep the back healthy in a number of ways. The most important effect is that it stretches, strengthens and repairs muscles that help to support the back. The back and abdominal muscles act as an internal corset supporting the structure of the spine. Quite simply if the back and abdominal muscles are weak they cannot support the back properly causing stresses and strains causing pain.
Exercising will also help fluid distribution around the discs which keeps the discs healthy. A lack of exercise can increase swelling around injured discs that will in turn become malnourished and start to degenerate.
With Pilates exercise we can keep the back healthy, flexible and strong and greatly reduce the chances of further injury and back pain.
Please note, it is important to have your doctor’s consent before starting any new exercise program or therapy if you currently suffer from back problems.
What should I wear?
Can I eat before a class?
Pilates exercises should be performed on an empty stomach and it is recommended to wait three to four hours after a large meal and one to two hours after a light snack before your class.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
Joseph Pilates thought his system should be done 3-4 times per week. Since busy lifestyles and financial constraints can make this difficult, I recommend when beginning that you do a class as often as possible to build muscle memory and really learn the method. If you practice Pilates on a regular basis, you will be pleasantly surprised at how well you well you feel.
“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you will have a whole new body."
Joseph H. Pilates
Do I have to book my class in advance?
Yes, space must be reserved in advance. For other important guidelines & my cancellation policy please click here.