i am recovering from injury or illness, is pilates right for me?
Before the start of any practice with we will ask you a series of questions to help you determine if pilates is appropriate for you (PAR-Q).
While pilates is a great form of exercise for most bodies because we can often work around injuries, it may not be appropriate for everyone.
We may ask you not to participate if we feel that it would be inappropriate for you because of an injury or medical condition that you have declared on your PAR-Q, and may ask you to seek medical advice before you can start or continue, so that we can all be confident that we are the right fit for you in your present fitness.
I want to participate in group practice - what is the best way for me to get started?
Group practice is structured in such a way that you can be completely new to pilates and get started alongside more experienced students. You will first learn the basic reformer and mat system, which will give you the strength and knowledge to progress to more advanced exercises and additional apparatus as you gain proficiency and knowledge of the pilates method.
some of our students have felt more comfortable taking a few 1-to-1 lessons with our teachers before getting started in a group practice but we don’t require this, unless you have an injury or condition that makes working out with a group unsafe. If you are unsure if that is you, just send us an email or give us a call before you register.
How many students are in a group practice?
there can be up to 6 students at any one time in our group practice, unless otherwise noted. Although, there is often 4 or less.
How long are lessons?
All of our lessons are 50 min in duration unless otherwise noted.
When are you open?
Our studio is open 6 days a week by appointment only (we are closed Sundays).
if you'd like to stop by the studio to meet us and talk about your practice, it is best to arrange in advance via phone or email, to ensure that someone is in to greet you. We are closed over half-term, school, or bank holidays unless otherwise noted.
When can i book lessons?
Lessons can be booked at your convenience and teacher availability, 6 days a week (we are closed Sundays). We are closed over half term, school, or bank holidays unless otherwise noted or agreed with your teacher.
how can i book lessons?
all lessons should be made via our online booking system. you can find a link at the top of our website or you can download the mindbody app from the apple store or from google play.
I'm not sure I will like pilates, do you offer a free intro?
Unfortunately our teachers need to be paid for their time. If you want to try bePilates with no commitment, the best option is to purchase a 1-to-1 lesson.
What should I wear?
Please dress comfortably. Your clothes should allow you to stretch and move freely, but not so free that you give everyone an eyeful of bits you want covered.
Please refrain from wearing anything with zips, large buttons or anything else that could tear the upholstery or otherwise damage the equipment. You may be required to place a pad under you to work-out, should you wear such clothing, in order to keep the upholstery free from damage.
What about jewellery or watches?
It's always best to leave your valuables at home. You will be asked to remove your jewellery/watch, as our equipment could cause damage just as your jewellery/watch could damage our equipment. You are responsible for any valuables you bring into the studio.
What about footwear?
Outdoor shoes must be left in the entrance area in the storage areas provided. For hygienic reasons, you may wish to wear socks or other pilates specific footwear throughout your lesson.
Do you have lockers?
No. However, our studio has plenty of space where you will practice, for purses/bags and other valuables for you to use to keep them safe for the duration of your practice. As suggested above, it's best practice to leave anything valuable at home.
Do you have changing rooms?
Yes. We have two changing areas in the studio.
Do you have shower facilities?
Do you have towels?
yes. we have towels available for your use while at the studio.
How much time should I allow before my lesson?
We suggest you arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the start of your lesson in order to give you time to change and prepare for class. Please remember that we are only open by appointment, so if you are much earlier than that, you may have to wait outside until your teacher arrives.
can I bring my friend / partner / son / daughter to wait while I practice?
Unfortunately, we often have multiple lessons happening at the same time in the studio and as we do not have a separate waiting area outside of the practice areas, for the comfort of all of our students, we ask anyone waiting for you, to do so in one of the comfort of one of the many cafe’s dotting the high street.
Can I eat before class?
Like all exercise, pilates is best practiced on an empty stomach. We recommend that you do not eat for at least 2 hours prior to class. Please do drink plenty of water prior to your lesson and to bring a bottle of water with you.
Are mobile phones allowed in the studios?
Pilates places emphasis on concentration and focus. To enjoy your lesson, you will want to keep distractions to a minimum. We also ask you to respect your fellow students and turn your phone to silent when you enter the studio.
Do you run reformer classes?
Classical pilates is a system of exercises created by Joseph Pilates that is performed on many pieces of apparatus that he designed for his method. The reformer is only one piece that we use, and while your lesson(s) may include exercises on the reformer, we believe that the best results are experienced when performing pilates as it was designed.
Do you run mat classes?
For the same reason that we don't run reformer classes, we don't run mat-only classes.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use Gratz, classical equipment built to the specifications and dimensions of the equipment created by Joseph Pilates to give you a full body, full-on challenge each and every session.
Do you train students in their home?
Yes and no... We offer students from all over the world the ability to train with our teachers over Skype. So while you can practice in your home, your teacher will be on your computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and a pilates mat and we can get started! This option is great for our students who want to keep up their practice while travelling or for teachers living abroad who may not have access to classical pilates teachers closer to home.
do you sell packages?
Yes. All of our teachers offer 1-to-1 and 2-to-1 lessons as a single purchase or with a small discount to those students who wish to have regular lessons over the course of a specified term. It is your responsibility to know your rights when you purchase your lessons, including the length of time in which your purchase is valid
from 22 July we are also offering group practice as single lesson or package purchase. Please make sure that you know when your purchase expires and book your lessons well in advance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to use your lessons in the time allotted. There are no refunds for lessons purchased but not used, for example in cases of instructor availability or closure due to half-term or holiday periods.
We recommend booking all of your lessons at the time of purchase to avoid disappointment.
do you sell single group classes?
Starting 22 July we do.
what if I can't make it to one of the lessons in my 4 or 6 week course?
Unfortunately, if you are not able to make it to one of the lessons in your course, that lesson is lost.
our longer courses are priced in such a way that even if you miss 2 lessons from your course, it still works out to under £25 per lesson, which is pretty competitive with other studios in the area for small group pilates lessons.
You of course have the option to make up any missed lessons as 1-to-1 tuition at standard rates.
what is your cancellation policy?
we require 24hr notice to cancel or change your lesson for any reason without charge.
what if i’m sick? can i cancel on the day?
unfortunately we still have to follow our 24hr cancellation policy.
we encourage you to cancel your lesson per our 24hr policy if you feel like you might be coming down with something and then just simply email/text to see if you can rebook on the day if you are feeling better. practicing when you are unwell won’t help you get better and in some instances my prolong your symptoms.
I want to join your teacher classes but am trained by a non-classical school, is that okay?
Absolutely! We love to meet teachers from different backgrounds.
I want to train to be a teacher, can you help me?
We offer apprenticeship opportunities on a case-by-case basis for those who want to train in the classical pilates method and work with us at our studio throughout their study. As guidance, a minimum requirement to apply for an apprentice position is a minimum of 80 hours of lessons at our studio before you will be considered.
In addition, we also offer regular continuing education opportunities for qualified pilates teachers.
I'm already a mat/reformer/comprehensively trained contemporary teacher, can I bridge?
We believe that one of the reasons for choosing the classical pilates method is the systematic approach to training and teaching and so we don't offer a bridge option.
If you want to dip into some of our continuing education courses or workshops without taking on a full apprenticeship with us, you are absolutely welcome to join if you are already comprehensively trained from another provider.
In addition, you can check back from time to time for special events/workshops open to mat or reformer only teachers.
Can I hire out the studio?
On occasion, it may be possible to use our studio for special events. We have hosted successful press events and product launches in the past and are happy to work with you to make your event a success.
Please contact us if you would like to partner with us for your future events.