What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. It strengthens the whole body, develops flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture.
The muscles of the body are conditioned through movements that use gravity, body weight and specially-designed equipment as forms of resistance.
It is taught in group classes or private training sessions, with or without equipment, such as reformers, cadillacs, stability chairs, barrels and fitness circles.
Pilates, originally called Contrology and created by Joseph Pilates, is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the world. It was developed from a combination of yoga, gymnastics and martial arts. As Joseph Pilates stated, it “develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit”. The connection between the mind and body is crucial to Pilates.
Why do Pilates?
Whether you are just starting to exercise, you're an elite athlete or somewhere in between, Pilates will apply to you. It is whole-body fitness and, when done correctly, offers major health benefits. It has long been the exercise of choice for dancers and gymnasts, and now footballers and Hollywood actors.
Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. The workouts develop core strength which helps to improve posture, stability and peripheral mobility.
In Pilates, we also work to improve your functional fitness and ease of movement, and hopefully increase your energy. Pilates creates strength, increases flexibility and improves balance and coordination. It also heightens body awareness.
Pilates is used to integrate body and mind, it complements other methods of exercise and improves performance in sport, including golf, skiing and skating. It provides a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere and is why Pilates is so popular in rehabilitation.
What is the STOTT PILATES method?
STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.
Can I share or transfer my package?
Packages cannot be shared between different people. However, if you are unable to attend the classes, we will gladly transfer your remaining sessions to the person of your choice once he/she has filled in the new member’s policy and waiver forms. This can only be done once and management reserves the right to decline the request at its discretion.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes, gift vouchers are available for purchase in all our studios for all class or private session packages, as well as specific amounts. If you cannot visit the studio, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will send you the link to pay online and receive it by email.
I have an injury. Can I still do Pilates?
This will depend on your injury. You may need to get a medical certificate from your doctor or physio before you can attend, or start with a private session to assess if group classes will be appropriate in the future. We advise you to speak to one of our instructors before participating in a class to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk of further damage or injuries. Always remember that all our instructors are STOTT PILATES certified and have all completed the Injuries and Special Populations course. Our most senior members have complementary qualifications in additional fields such as rehabilitative pilates and neuro-muscular therapy.
Do I need to be fit to attend a Real Pilates class?
Absolutely not! With small group classes our instructors are highly qualified and experienced in modifying exercises to accommodate each individual’s ability, while at the same time allowing the client to work at their own pace.
Do you have an app for smartphones?
Yes, we launched our dedicated iPhone, iPad and Android Apps more than 7 years ago! Since then the App has been upgraded many times, enhanced with industry leading features. Visit our download page or click on the appropriate icon at the bottom of this page to download your desired version and get started!
I want to start with you but I can't book online or on the app, why?
You need to have an active package in order to start making bookings online or through our apps. Simply visit our online store to Buy Packages first and you will then get full access to our advanced booking and account management system.
Is there an age limit at Real Pilates?
Yes, you have to be at least 18 years old to attend a Real Pilates class. Our dynamic classes are not suitable for young growing bodies. For teenagers above 14, we offer private sessions provided we have written parental consent. We reserve the right to refuse anyone below the age of 18 based on our evaluation. The safety of our clients always comes first!
Do you offer childcare services?
No. Children below the legal age of 18 are not permitted in our studios unaccompanied and are not to be left in the reception area or the studio while you attend classes. You may be turned away from the studio should you arrive with your children as it is not a safe environment and can cause disruptions to other clients.