Today, Matwork Pilates encompasses a wide range of styles, from Classical to Contemporary.
Typically in a Pilates class you will perform exercises that use your own body weight, or also gravity as resistance and occasionally a range of small props or apparatus as well. Using gravity or your own body weight might not seem like much resistance we hear you say...but when you are holding ideal alignment while performing the movements, you suddenly realise just how much work it is! People often feel they discover muscles they never knew they had!
Our teachers have undertaken unique educations in both Contemporary Pilates and Slings Myofascial Training. These are delivered by the international training organisation, art of motion, based in Switzerland. This world class training has given our teachers an excellent knowledge of functional anatomy, very clear teaching cues and the ability to sequence classes in a way that will nourish and transform you.
You will find much variation in every class. Each of our instructors has a unique style and will create a class around a topic. While you will start to get to know some of the exercises well, each class will feel different. All will leave you feeling wonderful!
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a complete beginner. Where do I start?
Beginners are welcome in all of our classes as we cater easily for all levels of abilities. We do like to know if you are a beginner, so we can provide you with an extra welcome and assistance during your class. We also limit the number of beginners in each class so that we can take best care of all participants.
If a term has begun, you are still able to book online and join us for the remainder of the term. Our booking system will automatically calculate the pro-rata rate and charge you accordingly. Our highly experienced teachers give options for all levels at each class, so you'll never feel left behind. You are welcome to book a casual class, subject to availability. Contact us to check if there is room.
Please be aware that you can book private lessons if you feel you need any additional time with your teacher, or would like some one on one instruction. Click here to find out more.
I’m Not Flexible and I Have No Core Strength! — Can I Do Pilates?
Yes! Many people think that they need to be flexible and strong to begin but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and discover how Pilates helps you become more flexible while at the same time your core stability and core strength both naturally improve. This also leads to vast improvements in general wellbeing.
What Do I Need to Begin?
Bring a water bottle and your own mat. No special footwear is required because you will be barefoot. You can wear socks if you like but they are optional. If you decide to wear socks, we recommend non-slip.
How Many Times Per Week Should I Practice?
The results from Pilates can honestly be amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the many benefits with your first term. If you can do a second or third class per week, you will certainly the changes far more quickly! We offer everyone their third class (per term) half price, to make it even more achievable! Don’t let time constraints be an obstacle—do what you can. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself wanting to doing more and more. You can always book a private lesson to have a home program created for you.
How Does Pilates Differ From Stretching And Other Forms Of Fitness?
Pilates is intelligent exercise. Many other forms of exercise that focus on training the visible, superficial muscles often think they are performing 'core strengthening exercises' such as holding planks for a really long time, or laying down and lowering both legs toward the floor in an misunderstood attempt to strengthen the abdominals. More often than not participants are strengthening faulty movement patterns and working the wrong muscles...in short they are simply layering more tension over the existing tension, weakening their core and putting their backs at risk of injury.
Pilates cultivates strength and stability from the inside out. In doing so, we strengthen and support all of our joints, improve our posture, improve our muscle balance and find that increased flexibility and mobility are side effects of gaining this deep strength. Your tight muscles are 'hanging on tight' for a reason and once you gain the specific strength that a joint needs, those muscles find they can let go with minimal effort. No amount of stretching is going to make tight and weak hamstrings become more flexible. Once your pelvic stability and the muscle balance around your pelvis improves through practising Pilates, you will find that those tight muscles naturally let go, allowing you to enjoy newfound freedom of movement!
During Pilates we connect our mind, body, and breath during our movements. It is a thinking person's form of exercise. By focusing on our breath and our body, we cultivate awareness and concentration. By tuning into ourselves, we are practicing mindfulness for the duration of each class. People report feeling refreshed and renewed, even after a challenging class - your classes become likened to a moving meditation that you look forward in earnest. While these improvements start on the mat, they also begin to infiltrate the rest of your life and create profound benefits that help you live a more mindful and less stressful daily life.