Frequently Asked Questions
Q What do I wear and what do I need to bring to class?
Wear confortable exercise clothing such as leggings, tracksuit pants, t-shirt or vest. Choose pants that have no belts or buckles as they create discomfort. Bring a thick yoga/exercise mat to class. If you are attending the City center location, you may borrow a mat. You may like to bring a towel to place over the mat for extra padding.
If you are recovering from a neck injury bring a small flat cushion to class. During the winter months bring a cardigan/ jumper for your relaxation at the end of class.
Water provided and all other Pilates equipment.
Q I’m pregnant can I practice Pilates?
If you have practiced Pilates up until recently, you may join one of our beginner/general level matwork Pilates courses. We are Pilates Pregnancy trained so can modify the routine to suit the changes that are taking place in your body week by week.
If you are a complete beginner to Pilates you may join one of our specialized Pregnancy Pilates courses/ private lessons. Contact us for more information and assistance when selecting a course.
Q How do I book a course?
Option 1. Contact us by phone or email to book your preferred course. You will then post a booking deposit of €50 (Cheque, Postal order or Bank draft) to confirm your booking within 5 working days.
Call in and pay your booking deposit. Call or email us for a timetable of our availability.
Option 2. Pay your booking deposit online via PayPal. It’s easy to do. You will have to set up an account with PayPal if you don’t have one set up already. It’s simple and fast to do.
Please note that PayPal charge a booking fee per transaction. Please keep your PayPal receipt.
Q I’ve done some Pilates before but it was a long time ago, what level should I choose?
If you have only done very little Pilates before and a long time has lapsed between courses, a beginner course will be the most appropriate level for you.
If you used to practice Pilates before for a very long period of time and you’ve stopped practicing for a while, level 2 courses will be fine.
Q I’ve practiced lots of yoga before but not Pilates, what level should I choose?
Although you’re previous yoga experience will help you enormously when you take up Pilates, you will still need to start at the beginner stage as you must learn all the foundation exercises and combinations. These will all be very new to you. You will also have to learn all the basic principles and techniques of Pilates which are very different to most styles of yoga. Bear in mind that most yoga is static in nature and Pilates in motion so they are quite different.
Q I’ve an injury/medical problem, can I participate in Pilates classes?
Pilates is often used to help rehabilitate the body after certain injuries and a safe form some of exercise for many medical conditions. You must receive medical clearance from your GP/physiotherapist before you join in.
Q How long does it take to achieve results?
“You’ll feel better after 10 sessions, look better after
20, and have a completely new body after 30 sessions.“
- Joseph H. Pilates
This depends on many factors, age, old injuries, sedentary lifestyle, postural deviations due to poor habits and occupational hazards. The first step is to participate in a regular weekly lesson and to perform the exercises precisely. Remember quality is more important than quantity. After about 10-15 sessions you will feel and notice a big difference in your body.
It then becomes easy to learn and remember 2-3 exercises from your class every week. You can practice these exercises for 5-10 minutes every other day or daily. This will speed up the process. All customers can download my 10 minute mini maintenance work out to practice at home in-between sessions.
Q Is Pilates only for women?
Pilates is suitable for everyone, men included. Don’t forget Pilates was created by a man called Joseph Pilates who was a keen boxer and acrobat. Although a lot more women attend classes there are more and more men realizing what an excellent, balanced and challenging form of exercise this is. Men are welcome to all our classes.