what is the difference between mat and studio pilates?
It can be hard to know whether Mat or Studio Pilates is best for you. Have a read of this blog post I've written which helps explain the differences, and feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions or concerns.
Pilates can be of benefit to EVERY BODY! It is done by people from many walks of life – from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior, from pregnant women to desk jockeys, from those needing injury rehab to those “prehabbing” prior to surgery.
The beauty of Pilates is that under the eye of an experienced teacher, you will keep your body balanced, strong, agile, and importantly injury free so it is able to keep doing all the things you love for longer - whether that be riding the hills, running the trails, skiing the mountains or just keeping up with the kids (or grandkids!). Pilates provides balance to your body and is an extremely effective way to cross train - in particular for those sports that are repetitive in nature (such as cycling, running, swimming and golf). For example the ability to move your legs independently from your torso improves efficiency, reduces fatigue and therefore the chance of injury.
Pilates will strengthen your postural muscles, improve your body’s alignment as well promote joint mobility and muscle length. Pilates encourages you to focus on your breath and movement quality creating a mindful movement practice. This combination of movement and mindfulness makes it perfect for your recovery session!
i have an injury, can i still do pilates?
Yes, although this does depend on the nature of your injury – so please contact me before attending your first session. Some injuries are better managed with Studio Pilates rather than Mat Pilates, where the equipment provides the support and modifications you need.
i've never done pilates before, do you have a beginners class?
I do have classes that are suitable for beginners, and each class is tailored to suit those who attend. If you are unsure, please get in touch and I’ll happily chat to you to ensure you are in the class that best suits you.
what do i need to bring and wear?
Just bring yourself, a mat / towel and a smiling face!
I understand the need to bring your phone to Pilates, but please switch it off and leave in receptions with your other belongings. In Mat Pilates, we occasionally use small equipment (such as a foam roller, theraband or chi ball). I have a small extra supply of these items, but my preference during COVID times is for you to provide your own.
For hygiene reasons, please wear clean socks to Pilates. I recommend socks with grips on the sole which help grip the mat and equipment. Move Active Pilates socks are available for sale at the studio. Clothing that isn’t too loose or baggy will help me view your alignment and form during class. Please be mindful of clothing with zippers, buckles, ties, hoods and belts which may damage mats and/or become caught in equipment. If you’re wearing short shorts or tops that gape, watch the um……. well you know, the view!! And, if you've got some fancy pants - bring 'em on because loud leggings make me happy!
can i claim on private health insurance?
Some Private Health funds do offer a rebate for Pilates classes – please check with your fund if you’d like to make a claim.
what is your cancellation policy?
You can view my Terms and Conditions here.
what is pilates anyway?
Pilates is a unique approach to movement and well-being developed in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates. It was originally coined “Contrology” and blended gymnastics, yoga, boxing and martial arts. In a Pilates class you can expect to creatively strengthen muscles of the trunk, hips and shoulders; tone arms and legs, increase joint mobility and muscle flexibility, improve posture, balance and muscular endurance. Exercises may be done standing, sitting, kneeling and lying on your front, back or side. Your whole body is taken through multiple planes of movement – rotation, bending forward, back or to the side. By moving with precision and control and slowing down common movement patterns, you will build better movement awareness and improve neural pathways between your brain and muscles. The unique nature of Pilates is that it is challenging yet gentle, will strengthen as well as lengthen muscles and build stability and mobility where needed. Pilates can ease restrictions, build muscular endurance and efficiency. By inviting your mind to focus inward on the subtleties of your breath, posture and alignment, each class will leave you feeling both invigorated and calm.