Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates back in the 1920s. It has developed over time and there are currently many different forms of Pilates now practiced. The Pure Pilates team is trained by the APPI (appihealthgroup.com).
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that focuses on strength, stability and control. As our instructors are physiotherapists, we find this enables them to adjust the classes for the majority of people who wish to attend. So please don’t let any health issues put you off, drop us a message and one of our team will give you a call to discuss.
We are only currently able to hold remote classes due to COVID-19. We hope to bring our in-person classes back in 2021. To register interest please drop us an email at email@example.com.
(We advise a 1:1 session in the clinic if you are near enough to attend or remote if you are outside of our area prior to joining the remote classes to ensure you fully understand the basics.)
Each class starts with a warm-up before progressing into the main body of Pilates exercises, finishing with a cool down and dependent on the time of day of your class this may include relaxation techniques (we don’t want to wind you down too much if you’re about to head into work after one of our early morning classes).
Our group size always remains under 10 people so allows us to adapt exercises to individual requirements and move around the room to check that you are performing exercises correctly.
The instructor is based at the front of the class and the mats arranged in the room so everyone is able to view the instructor. They will explain and demonstrate each exercise before moving around to check how participants are performing the exercises. They may use verbal instruction, demonstration and touch to help correct or facilitate movements.
The classes last for just under 1 hour.
Don’t worry if you spend your first few sessions concentrating on your position and getting used to the exercises, this is normal. We run in blocks of 6. This is because at 6 sessions most people have noticed the benefits of attending classes and we want you to have the opportunity to see this. The research has shown that a one-off class doesn’t bring the same benefits as a course of pilates.
As you improve, exercises will be progressed and new skills introduced, so there will be an ongoing challenge to develop you over time. We can also add in different equipment such as Ova balls, magic circles, resistance bands and spiky balls to mix up the classes and provide additional challenges.
All classes are run by fully qualified physiotherapists who have undergone their Pilates training with the APPI. This world-leading level of teaching ensures we deliver Pilates in a highly effective way based on research. We provide an exercise and rehabilitation programme to help you, whether this is post-injury, sporting performance or even to improve your quality of life.
Wear comfortable clothes that you feel free to move in. We do not wear shoes during Pilates and you do not need any fancy sportswear. Please feel free to bring a drink with you.
If attending a class then the equipment is provided.
If you are participating in remote classes then an exercise mat is recommended. You will also need a head block (this can be a book, cushion or folded towel).