Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together some answers to questions we regularly receive, so we hope the information below helps. If you need more information or have any other questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
What’s the difference between Matwork and Reformer Pilates?
As the name suggests, Matwork Pilates is done on a mat, and involves postures done sitting, standing or lying down – the key element is your own body offers resistance (we may also use Pilates balls or bands). Mat-based exercises can help develop strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, and you can also do these in your own home. All our classes are mat-based.
Reformer Pilates involves using a ‘Reformer’ machine – this looks like a sliding bed attached to springs. We can provide greater resistance by increasing the springs, or challenge your core more by reducing the springs, and this adjustable resistance helps to reform, or correct, muscular imbalances. We offer Reformer Pilates in our one to one sessions, and find it’s great for specific issues, and can offer a more intense workout.
How do I know what level class to come to?
If you’ve never done Pilates before, come to a beginner class. If you have, we offer improvers, intermediate and advanced. If you’re not sure which is most appropriate for you, chat to us, or come and try one out (your first class is free) and we can help you to decide.
What should I wear/bring to a class or a one-to-one session?
The studio is fully equipped, so you just need to bring a bottle of water and yourself!
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing you can easily move in – most people wear tracksuit bottoms or leggings, and a T-shirt or vest. It doesn’t need to be specific workout clothing, but we recommend you avoid jeans or smart work trousers as they don’t offer enough movement. We do Pilates in bare feet or socks.
What can I expect in a one-to-one session:
Your one to one Pilates session will be a combination of Matwork and Reformer Pilates (more below) and you will benefit from:
- Postural Assessment
- Muscle Testing
- Muscle Activation – (Douglas Heel Technique)
- Corrective Exercises
- Individual Programme.