Frequently Asked QuestionS
Yes absolutely. I have a studio in my garden at home. I teach one-to-one or small groups of up to four people. Private lesson charges vary. I charge approximately £35 per person per hour.
Private lessons are great for people with specific requirements, such as operative and sports rehabilitation. We design a programme suited to your individual needs and I can help you rebuild your strength and movement at a pace to suit you.
Online classes cost £20 for one month’s membership. You can buy a pass here. Pilates classes in local village halls cost between £7.50 -£8.50 per class, and buying a block of classes is cheaper. You can find out more about my schedule, make payments and bookings on the Gymcatch website, and search for helenbpilates.
As often as possible, ideally everyday, just a few minutes!
It takes a few weeks to absorb all of the information I tell you each week. Breath, move, lift, stretch, co-ordinate……. so please don’t worry if it seems hard for the first few weeks. It does get easier. The best approach is to make pilates a way of life. When you walk, sit, bend, even boil the kettle, you will find yourself doing pilates!
Yes of course. The beginners classes can be adapted to suit people who find working on the floor difficult. These classes can be followed from a seated or standing position. Please get in touch with me for more details and to discuss specific needs firstname.lastname@example.org
I also teach private lessons using a specialist piece of rehabilitation equipment called the Pilates Reformer. This means getting up and down from the floor is not an issue, as a reformer is similar to a bed in shape and raised from the floor.
If you have a reasonable level of everyday fitness but have never done pilates before or are out of practice, the intermediate class will suit you. The intermediate – advanced class assumes that each individual has a good level of overall fitness and strength, but we always go back to basics in the class warm up. I always offer levels of modification and progression to suit each individual. None of us are made exactly the same and therefore we all need our own personal challenges.
An exercise mat.
Socks – ideally grip socks which I sell.
A bottle of water.
A small towel. (I have blocks if you find lying flat uncomfortable).
Wear comfy clothes that you can stretch in.
Warm layers for cold village halls.
Pilates is a ‘top to toe’ exercise routine to help improve flexibility, strength and stamina. We work on your ‘core’ strength (building abdominal strength to ensure hip, back and eventually all over strength), using exercises that require precision, control and co-ordination. But don’t worry, if you have never done pilates before, we’ll start each lesson with the basics to help everyone grow in to pilates. Pilates can be as gentle or strong as suits the individual. My classes use an exercise mat and are mostly based on the floor.
Look at my class timetable page to see when and where I teach. TIMETABLE