Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TO EXPECT

Pilates can help people from all walks of life to get stronger and feel fewer aches and pains. It can help you stay fit and active as you age, improving mobility, balance, strength and flexibility.

It can support your return to movement after illness or injury as well as preventing future problems. It’s an amazing way to tune in, de-stress and create a strong mind-body connection.

Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and General Practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the most effective forms of exercise.

After class my clients say they feel stronger, more energised and connected to their bodies. In everyday life they notice that they move more easily and are more aware of their posture.

They feel more confident in themselves and have learned to trust their bodies again.

If pain returns they don’t panic, because they know what to do to help themselves and that regular Pilates will reduce their pain episodes.

There’s no need to get fit before you come to Pilates. In fact a lot of my clients find that Pilates is the first step towards a more active lifestyle.

We’ll begin at a level that’s right for you, work at a pace that you feel comfortable with and gradually progress.

Remember, you’ll be learning a new skill and a new way of moving so it will take some practice. Try to be patient with yourself and your body.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLASS

My classes are for everybody and every body type.  I work with men and women age 18-80 who are looking for personalised, effective movement sessions.

They are people who are ready to commit to a regular movement practice so they can stay active and keep doing the things they love.

I believe that the best place to start – especially if you’re dealing with a bad back or aches and pains – is with 1-2-1 sessions.

When you have learned the basics and know what to do to look after yourself, then reformer duets and my online matwork memberships are a great way to keep progressing.

I can say without hesitation that 1-2-1 Pilates sessions are best investment I’ve ever made in my own health and wellbeing.

Please get in touch to arrange a free phone/Zoom consultation where we can discuss your goals and what you would like to achieve through Pilates.

Virtual 121 sessions can be tailored to meet your needs and are the best place to start if you’re new to Pilates or working with a movement restriction.

My Mindful Matwork membership classes are suitable for people who are injury-free and who know how to look after themselves when they move. They’re not suitable:

  • during pregnancy or less than 6 months post-partum
  • if you have an active injury, are recovering from surgery or are working with a special condition such as osteoporosis, joint replacement, disc injury, spinal condition, heart condition.

USEFUL INFORMATION

In-person classes are held in a tranquil private studio on Faversham Road SE6 4XE, less than 10 minutes’ walk from Catford and Catford Bridge railway stations. There is free parking on the street.

Due to Covid-19 small equipment can’t be shared between clients so for in-person sessions you’ll need your own:

  • water bottle
  • clean pair of socks (ideally grip socks)
  • yoga strap or 2m resistance band

For online matwork classes you’ll need:

  • 2m resistance band
  • 20/22cm soft Pilates ball
  • a hand towel (for wrist support and cushioning)
  • optional: hand and wrist weights

You’ll pay by monthly direct debit – there’s no contract, no initial joining fee and no cancellation fee.

You can cancel your membership anytime but in fairness to other members you’ll need to pay a £50 re-joining fee (£80 for Matwork Plus) if you sign up again within 3 months.

This is because the cost of classes is spread out over a year to keep your monthly payment as low as possible.

Exceptions apply for serious illness or injury.  For more information take a look at the terms and conditions.

121 sessions and reformer duets are booked in package of 5 classes redeemed within 8 weeks. Packages are booked and paid in advance via bank transfer.

You can change your booking if you give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice, but classes can’t be carried over beyond the 8 week redemption period.

Your appointment time will be reserved for you if you re-book every 8 weeks, if not your preferred time may not be available.

Due to Covid-19 there is the possibility of temporary closure or another period of lockdown. If in-person teaching is temporarily suspended OR if you’re unable to attend in person your class will be held online instead.

Exceptions apply for serious illness or injury. For more information take a look at the terms and conditions.

COVID-19

In-person classes are being run in line with Government guidelines for physical activity – including social distancing, hand hygiene, masks and cleaning routines.

Please note:

  • If you or anyone in your household is unwell, do NOT come to class.
  • If you are travelling overseas please schedule your appointment for at least 14 days after your return
  • In-person classes are not available for people in high-risk groups or for some people in moderate-risk groups.

See the Covid-19 guidelines and procedures for more information.

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Telephone:
07786 072 337

Email:
[email protected]

Address:
29 Faversham Road SE6 4XE

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