What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise. It was originally names ‘Contrology’ by its founder, Joseph Pilates (the study of control) and was based around a set of core principles; centring, concentration, control, precision, breathing, flowing movement, alignment and commitment. Beyond the limitations of physical activity of his day (the system was developed in the early 20th century), Joseph Pilates set out to integrate the healing effects of movement with the clarity of mindfulness to achieve optimal wellbeing. Joe was a true innovator. At Pilates House, our teaching style blends both the principals, exercises and intentions of classical Pilates with contemporary Pilates.
What do I need to bring?
Water (we do have bottled water as well as a filtered water system at the studio in case you forget…we got you!)
Grip socks for Tower, Mat, Barre, Pre/postnatal (…again, we have the most amazing Pointe Studio selection to purchase at the studio if you don’t already own them) OR training shoes for TRX, Boxilates and Metafit
A towel or thin Yoga Mat to place over our Floor Mats/High Mats for hygiene.
What should I wear?
The stretchier the better! You’ll want to feel comfortable whilst you move in all directions so we suggest leggings over short shorts and as form fitting top as you feel confident in (This allows us to see how your bod moves during the class.Which class style should I attend first?
This is so individual and depends on your current fitness regime. You do not have to be particularly flexible/fit/strong/stable/coordinated etc to attend ANY classes at Pilates House (its our job to get you there!) however, each class has its unique objectives. Mat, Tower and Barre classes are the 3 styles we suggest to build technique, mind-body connection, get to know different exercise names, movement terms and Pilates lingo and to generally build your confidence in your own amazing potential!
Do you have a creche?
No, however we invite you to contact us to chat about the possibility to bring your little ones depending on their age, and willingness to let you enjoy the hour. Postnatal clients are welcome to bring bub along.
Can I attend a class on a ‘drop in’ basis?
No. All sessions must be pre-booked so that your instructor can best prepare for the session by customising the program to the participants booked in for the hour. There are very limited spaces available for each class so booking yourself a mat in advance is a must.
Do I need to attend Beginners classes if this is my first Pilates training?
This all depends on how you like to learn. From experience, ‘getting moving’ and jumping into group classes is a fantastic way to get out of your head and just enjoy the movement. The classes are very small and so you’ll be able to have lots of your instructors attention, plus the beautiful PH community will encourage and inspire you along your learning journey. If you do want to be taken through extra group beginners sessions we are here to serve! Reach out to request times.