We offer private and group Pilates classes taught by professional, friendly and qualified staff in a bright and airy Greenwich studio. Read below for more information concerning what Pilates is, the benefits, and the types of classes we offer.
What is Pilates:
Pilates is a body-conditioning method developed in the last century by Joseph Pilates. It builds strength from the inside out, working deep muscle groups through smooth and controlled movements (it was originally called “contrology” as in the ability to control movement).
Benefits of Pilates:
Pilates increases core stability, flexibility and joint range of movement, and it improves balance and posture, offering relief from aches and pains. Pilates is also a great support during or after treating an injury and because it re-educates the body and corrects wrong habits, it’s an ideal form of exercise for injury prevention.
A BRIEF ANIMATED HISTORY OF PILATES
Who can do it:
Pilates is for everyone. The greatness of the method is that it can be adapted to suit personal needs, from rehabilitation to toning to getting generally fitter. Athletes and dancers do Pilates as a support for their cardiovascular specific training; older people do it to keep their body functional and efficient; pregnant women do it during and after pregnancy, to maintain strength and quickly regain their figure. Pilates is also a great way for everyone to generally de-stress, revitalize, and re-energize the body.
I have been attending classes there for a couple of months now. I attended classes with Vicky on Mondays, Sophie on Wednesdays and Mara on Thursdays. All are nothing short of amazing. They are dedicated teachers with an incredible attention to details. I was recommended Pilates practice by a local osteopath and their classes have been crucial in helping me getting over a back injury I suffered from. I cannot recommend them enough! – Angelina J.
Types of classes we offer at our Greenwich studio and how to get started:
Mat classes and Reformer classes: what's the difference?
Mat classes are performed on mats in our basement studio, often with small equipment such as elastic bands, swiss balls, overballs, etc. We allow a maximum of 8 people in a class, so everyone can get individual corrections by the teacher.
Reformer classes use the most well-known of the large Pilates equipment, the Reformer. This offers resistance work with the aid of springs and ropes, and you will learn the routines in small and comfortable groups of 4.
Back health mat classes
These classes are suitable for people with generic back pain, but also those with specific pathologies such as sciatica, disc problems, SIJ pain and arthritis. Our Back Health classes will also cater for complete beginners to Pilates who want a strong base, from which to eventually move on to Level 1 classes. The class routine consists of Pilates foundation exercises which will help you become aware of your posture, strengthen your core muscles, mobilize stiff areas, and stabilize your spine.
Studio equipment sessions
Studio Sessions have a maximum of 4 people working on their own programmes under the supervision of one teacher. The sessions are most suited to people who are recovering from an injury or are suffering from a chronic condition which restricts their participation in generic group classes. They are also suited to experienced Pilates practitioners who have done mat and reformer Pilates and now want to explore other pieces of equipment, such as the Tower and the Wunda Chair.
A minimum of one private session is required before joining, so we can put together an initial programme for you to work on.
Antenatal and postnatal clients
Congratulations! Pilates is great during pregnancy, but make sure you have the all clear from your doctor before joining any class.
If you are less than 16-week pregnant and have done Pilates before, you can join our Level 1 mat or reformer classes. If you haven’t done Pilates before, we advise you to rest and join classes when you are at 16 weeks.
From 16 weeks to end of term, you can join our Studio Equipment Sessions (see above). These will allow you to work on your own programme, which we will adapt as your pregnancy progresses. We do not run antenatal mat classes.
Postnanal women should wait until their 6-week check up for vaginal delivery and 12-week check up for C-sections. After the doctor has given you the all clear, you can join either our Studio Equipment Sessions or Back Health mat classes to begin with (see above), in order to re-build your core strength progressively and safely.
Privates and duets
Private classes and duets can be arranged at a time that suits you, upon studio availability. Duets run for 60 mins, while for 1:1s you can choose between 60 and 45 mins. You will work on a programme specifically tailored to your needs and with the undivided attention of the teacher.
Some clients only do privates, while others may use a block of 3 or 5 privates as a starting point, before joining groups. Others find it beneficial to have the occasional private alongside their regular group classes, to help them check their progress and technique.
WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
We have the following Offers and Starter Packs for new clients:
- First private: £60
- First three privates: £150 (instead of £180)
- First private + any two classes: £85
- First mat class: £10 (instead of £15)
- First reformer class: £18 (instead of £25)
It is always good to get in touch via email and tell us a bit about yourself (injuries if any, previous Pilates experience if any, fitness goals), so we can advise you as to which class or starter pack is more appropriate for you.
Private sessions are available upon request at your preferred day and time (upon availability).
New clients wanting to join Reformer classes: please note that if you have never done reformer Pilates before, you must attend the Intro to Reformer classes or have at least one private session before joining a Level 1 Reformer class. This is because you need to become familiar with the machine and learn some basic exercises, before progressing safely onto a more advanced routine.
New clients wanting to join mat classes: if you have never done Pilates before, you can go straight to Level 1 mat classes or Back Health mat classes, or you can have one private session to begin with, so we can have a look at your posture and how you move, and go through the basics in more detail.
If you have done either reformer or mat Pilates before and you feel you can join our higher level classes, please get in touch.