How does Pilates differ from Yoga?

Pilates focuses more on ‘core stability’. The breathing is different. Instead of allowing the stomach to rise when breathing in, we practise ‘lateral thoracic breathing’. This allows the pelvis and abdominals to remain stable.

How often should I do Pilates?

Two or more times a week preferably. Like any form of exercise, consistency is the key to give the body a chance to build up strength. You will progress further and faster the less time there is between sessions.

Is Pilates suitable for men?

Most definitely. The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates. Footballers, athletes, tennis and golf players all reap the benefits of Pilates.

How soon will I see and feel the results of Pilates?

This depends on your own level of fitness and how often you practise Pilates. After a few sessions you should notice an improvement in your posture. Eventually your ‘core’ muscles will gain strength and your flexibility and mobility will improve.

Is it safe to do Pilates during pregnancy?

First of all consult your physician. If you have experienced a miscarriage previously you may prefer to wait three months before starting. Pilates is extremely beneficial during pregnancy and will be tailored to your needs and level of comfort. It is also great for re-conditioning the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles after birth.

Which is more effective, the mat work or classes on the equipment?

Both are equally effective. The mat work was developed by Joseph Pilates prior to inventing the equipment. He believed it to be the ‘method’ in its purest form.

Will Pilates help me to lose weight?

Although Pilates is not aimed specifically at losing weight many people have lost inches particularly from their stomach and legs. This is due to the toning effect it has which creates longer, leaner muscles.

Am I too old for Pilates?

There is no age limit. I have clients ranging from 12 to eighty something! The classes can be adapted to suit any age or ability.

What should I wear?

Something that allows your body to move freely. Nothing too baggy though as I will need to observe your body as you move. No shoes are needed, just socks.

I have a back problem, is it safe to practise Pilates?

Before your first session any physical problems will be discussed we me confidentially. In some cases I may liaise with your osteopath or physiotherapist. After your postural assessment the class will be tailored to your needs.

If I have a one-to-one session at home, will I need lots of space, or buy extra equipment?

If you decide to have private lessons at home I will use what space you have, don’t worry. You would be amazed that you can have a fantastic workout even in a small space.  No need to buy any equipment, all will be brought for the specific session. If you have your own you can opt to use that too.

I have no childcare during school holidays, how can I continue classes during the week?

All my Pilates classes run during term time only and generally follow Wendy Whatling School of Dance holidays, with the exception of special one-off summer classes and private one-to-one sessions. Sometimes ‘Inset’ days clash with term time – do let me know if it helps you to bring the kids along for the one-off class!

To book, please email pilateswithfran@gmail.com 

or tel 07958204211


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