Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a complete body work out which builds core strength, stamina and flexibility through low impact conditioning exercises. Pilates transforms poor posture and restores the body to balance, ensuring each muscle is doing the right job and helping you to combat the stress and strains of modern day life. Regular practice in Pilates shows enhancement in sports performance as well as prevention of injury.
What does Pilates do that other exercises don’t?
Pilates can work those muscles which are hard to reach! The exercises are dynamic yet low impact. Pilates helps isolate your deep core muscles which stabilise your spine, and therefore has been shown to help prevent back pain.
Pilates results in greater flexibility, joint mobility and strength and therefore you will move with better balance and posture. Pilates is proof that you don’t have to endure sweat and pain to get results, and is also beneficial in relaxing your mind, therefore improving your general wellbeing.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Reduces pain
- Improves posture
- Build core strength and stamina
- Improves flexibility
- Reduces tension
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves balance
- Improves coordination
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves circulation
- Safe during and post pregnancy
- Prevents sports injury
- Improves sport performance
- Helps you to look and feel better
- Suitable for those with osteoporosis/ arthritis/ scoliosis
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Pilates historically has been most popular with dancer, gymnasts and athletes. However, Pilates is suitable for almost everyone; men and women of all age groups and physical abilities.It can be particularly beneficial for desk-bound and less active individuals getting into activity, pregnant and postnatal women and those requiring pre & post injury rehabilitation.
Individuals who have joint pain, stiffness or arthritis and particularly those with back and neck and chronic pain can greatly benefit from Pilates.
How can I start?
You can sign up to any of our classes by booking online today. Click on the book classes tab. If you have any questions regarding the classes or which class would be most suitable for you then please contact us. We can arrange an individualised session for you at our clinic if you have any concerns about the class setting, or have a particular issue which we may need to address.
What should I wear?
We suggest you wear comfortable loose/sports clothing. The class is done in barefeet or socks.
How much does it cost?
Please see our prices section.
How long is each session?
Most of our classes are 60 minutes long. We do have a few slightly shorter classes at 45minutes long. A 1:1 personalised session is 45minutes.
How do I find you?
Each class has a map of location when you go to bookings or you can view interactive maps on Timetables page
Can I do pilates when pregnant?
Yes- Pilates is a great way to exercise whilst pregnant. It can help strengthen your back, core, pelvic floor and condition you for childbirth. We advise you to check with your GP before starting any new exercise programme during pregnancy. We have an ante natal class which is specifically tailored to pregnant ladies, but you are welcome to join any of our classes, and our instructors will adapt the exercises to suit you and your stage of pregnancy.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. You will be fully charged if you cancel your class with less than 24 hours notice.
We are always happy to discuss any concerns or issues you have regarding booking an appointment on the phone or by email before you book.Some common questions are answered below but if you would like to ask us about anything more specific to your condition then just give us a call.
What type of conditions can Physiotherapy help with?
Common conditions treated include back pain, neck pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, tendonopathies, workplace and sports injuries, postural problems and reduced mobility. Rehabilitation after surgery is also offered. We also offer a specialist ante and post natal service and women’s continence service.
What qualifications do
All our physiotherapists are qualified to minimum Bsc Hons level and are registered with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Health Professional Council. Please see About Us for individual specialisms and qualifications.
Do I need to see a doctor first?
No. Unless you are funding your treatment by health insurance, and they require a referral letter, then you do not need to see a doctor first.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
It is advisable that you wear loose clothing to your appointment, and bring a pair of shorts. It may be necessary for the physiotherapist to ask you to remove your top layer of clothing, so a sports bra for females is advisable. Please bring a list of any current medications you are on. If you are attending for Pilates then loose clothing (gym wear) is advisable.
What happens in my first appointment?
The Physiotherapist will begin by taking a detailed history regarding your pain or dysfunction and your medical history. Following this the Physiotherapist will conduct a physical examination to assess your posture, strength, range of movement and how your tissues feel. Your Physiotherapist will then discuss the findings and you will come up with a plan together for your treatment, and home exercise programme where relevant.
How long does a Physiotherapy appointment last?
Your initial assessment will last an hour, and follow up treatments will last 30 mins.
How long does a Pilates session last?
For 1:1 Pilates sessions your appointment will last 45 mins and for 2:1 Pilates sessions 60 minutes.
I am not sure whether I should come for Pilates or Physiotherapy?
Because all of our Physiotherapists are Pilates trained, we can be flexible about how we treat you, and can treat the problem with a combination of Physiotherapy treatment and Pilates exercises. If you are unsure which service to book for your initial appointment then please get in touch an give us a little more information and we can advise you.
How many treatments will I need?
This very much depends on your condition. However your Physiotherapist will keep you fully informed about the plan for treatment throughout, and this can be guided by you. Each individual response to treatment will vary.
I have Health Insurance, can
I use this to pay for my treatment?
Please let us know which Medical Insurance Provider you have your policy with on booking and we can make sure everything is on order prior to your assessment.
What is the policy for missed or cancelled appointments?
If you wish to change your appointment then please give us 24 hours notice. A charge of £20 will be made for missed appointments and cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.
Where can I park?
There is ample metered parking near the clinic.
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