PILATES FAQ’s (in English)

Frequently Asked Questions about Pilates

It is best to contact me directly so I can let you know what places are available and we can discuss whether a one-to-one session would be beneficial before integrating in one of the regular group classes.

Absolutely! If you have specific requirements or have never done Pilates, or simply want to understand what is involved a one-to-one session is incredibly beneficial.

The number of participants in each class will is limited to 7 to allow for some level of individual tuition.

Sorry, but refunds cannot be issued for classes missed, however, classes can be made up on an alternative day(s) before the end of the block booked, subject to space being available.  Check with me for the options available. Please let me if you are not coming so I can let someone else have your place.

No refunds are given for absentees.

Since 2012 Pilates teachers in France have needed to subscribe to the French National association of “Sports pour Tous”. All clients taking part in regular classes need to have a current licence with the association. The license is valid from September- September and costs €23. A valid Doctor’s certificate must be supplied every 3 years to validate the licence.

I accept French cheques and cash payments. At this time, I do not accept card payments.

One can do Pilates daily or weekly but like most things in life, the more committed you are, the quicker the results. Pilates is neither a miracle nor an overnight workout. Pilates is a systematic method that requires time, concentration and patience. However, the results continue to manifest themselves and you’ll benefit from them in daily life not just in your sporting activities. It is best to supplement your Pilates practice with a safe aerobic activity, such as walking, swimming, running, cycling etc.

Everybody is different; therefore, everybody responds differently to the workout. Some people have noticed improvement in as few as four sessions.

Not exactly, Pilates increases strength which will increase your muscle mass.  Having more muscle, increases your metabolism which in combination with a healthy diet and a regular aerobic activity will help you lose body fat.

NO… The important thing is that you do start! I have clients of all shapes, sizes, fitness levels and ages, but they all benefit. The Pilates method can become your primary method of body conditioning and injury prevention.

The Pilates method can be safely used by pregnant women to learn proper breathing and body alignment to ease pain during pregnancy and delivery, and quickly recover body shape and tone after pregnancy.

Pilates is ideal for relieving back and neck problems, whether your job requires you to sit all day long in front of a computer, or whether it requires heavy lifting or repetitive movements.

If you have an injury or chronic complaint for which you’ve been receiving medical treatment, it would be preferable to do one-to-one sessions initially to tailor the exercises for your requirements.

No. In the early days when Joseph Pilates was still alive there were more men than women practicing Pilates. It has been used as training method for elite athletes for over 70 years. Up until quite recently Pilates classes have been dominated by women, but this is changing. Many international sports teams and athletes now use Pilates including rugby, cricket & football teams as well as tennis players & dancers. Not only does Pilates help prevent strain injury, it has been particularly valuable in treating repetitive motion injuries.

You can start Pilates at any age; Joseph Pilates was still doing his exercises at 87. I have had professors in their 80’s who’s level of flexibly leaves me in awe. It’s never too late to start! In fact in our later years it is more important to remain flexible so we can be able to carry out every day activities such as driving; if you can’t turn round how will you reverse? Balance often deteriorates with age and we also don’t recover well from falls as we age, thus, maintaining good balance is important and well addressed in many Pilates exercises.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

John F Kennedy