Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates is a workout. It is method, a sequence of exercise developed by Jospeh Pilates. The workout has a strong focus on: strength, stamina, stability and stretching. It has a strong focus on core stability, working from the inside out. In Pilates we teach thoracic breathing that directly relates to the flow of the movement being performed. Pilates can be tailor made to suit an individuals needs. Yoga is a spiritual discipline that combines asanas (the postures), with meditation, chanting, breath work and relaxation. They are fundamentally very different practices.
2. What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Preferably not too baggy as I will need to see how your body is moving. No shoes are required but socks are recommended and minimal jewellery.
3. Is Pilates suitable if you've got an injury?
Yes but please make sure your teacher is always aware of any injuries before you embark on exercise. If you are unsure then it is advisable to speak to a doctor before embarking on any exercise regime. But generally Pilates is a safe method of exercise and is often used for rehabilitation. During your enrolment your injury or any physical problems will be discussed and in some cases a doctor, osteopath or physiotherapist may need to be contacted. Once this has been organised you will be able to go ahead with Pilates and I will give you exercises that suit your needs.
4. Do I need to bring a mat?
You will be provided with all the equipment you need. Some people prefer to have their own equipment but this is entirely up to you.
5. Can I do drop-Ins?
At Brighton Pilates we do not generally offer drop in classes. This is because we like to be familiar with your body and its needs before we enrol you into a class. Also, the sessions run in courses whereby as a group we progress week on week so we can really work flow increasing strength and stamina. If newbies drop in without an enrolment session or an understanding of Pilates the classes don't run as fluidly. Once you get going, you will appreciate this for sure ;)
6. What happens if I can't make a session in my block?
If you let us know before the session, it is possible for you to make up the session in another class (subject to space). No refunds are given on missed sessions.
7. Why do I have to do the workshop or private lessons before I join a group?
It is important that you take these classes so that you understand the Pilates method so you get maximum benefit from the sessions.
8. I have done Pilates before. Do I still need to see you before I am put into a class?
Yes, even if you have done Pilates before I need to see the way that you move and be informed of any injuries you may have.
9. I haven't exercised for ages, will I be able to do it?
Of course, Pilates is for everyone. Anyone of any age and fitness can benefit from this method.
10. How often should I do Pilates?
At least once a week, but 2 or more sessions is better. As with any form of exercise you will improve and notice changes more quickly the more you do it.
11. Will Pilates help me to lose weight?
The aim of Pilates isn't to help with weight loss. It concentrates on strengthening muscles and so does add tone, and, so longer, leaner muscles. For weight loss Pilates is best teamed with some form of cardio exercise. Why not try our HIT Pilates class. Click here to read more.
12. When will I notice a difference in my body from doing Pilates?
That depends on how often you do Pilates. After one lesson you will have developed an awareness of your body that you didn't have before. "In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you'll be on your way to having a whole new body." Joseph Pilates.