What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact exercise that gently strengthens the body and helps to improve general fitness and overall wellbeing. Pilates concentrates on core strength, posture, balance and flexibility while also connecting the mind and body through focused breathing and body awareness.
Can I participate in Pilates if I have back pain or other injuries?
Joseph Pilates designed this programme as a rehabilitation tool, however it is important to first obtain consent from your doctor if you suffer from back pain or are recovering from injury. Pilates develops strength, stability, balance and symmetry in areas of your body that may be misaligned or weak due to injury. All exercises can be modified for your body, fitness level and flexibility.
What if I am not flexible or fit?
Pilates is a great option for all body types and levels of fitness and flexibility. Your instructor will help you to modify any exercises that don’t feel comfortable so that you can safely work at your level. Never compare yourself to others in the class – progression over perfection always!
What do I need to bring along to Pilates?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in and bring along a water bottle and a small towel. At Balance Me we provide all the mats and equipment needed for your Pilates class.
What happens if I miss a class?
There are no refunds offered for missed classes, but it is possible to attend a ‘make-up’ class within the same term, subject to space being available. Missed classes cannot be transferred to family members or friends.
Can I attend as a Casual Client?
Beginner Mat Classes require a commitment for a 10 week term. Balance Me offers casual Private Pilates One on One sessions, you can book a Private Pilates session while you wait for the next term to start, or to assess your capability for Open Mat Classes which can be attended casually, when space permits.
Will I lose weight doing Pilates?
Pilates is designed to help you reshape your body and mind. Using your own body weight and props Pilates will tone your muscles and elongate areas such as your waistline, upper arms and thighs. Adding Pilates to a healthy lifestyle can dramatically change your overall appearance. You will notice an increase in flexibility, mobility and balance as well as improved posture and overall strength.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Both Yoga and Pilates focus on the mind-body connection. Yoga tends to focus more on the spiritual well-being and strengthening in static poses. Pilates is less about the spiritual and more about the physical with a focus on developing core-strength through dynamic movement.