Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates uses muscle control, breathing, strength training and body awareness to target core postural muscles, particularly abdominals, back and glutes – although the exercises work other areas of your body as well.
When practicing Pilates, the exercises should be controlled and precise with a focus on form and quality, rather than the number of repetitions or how fast you can go!
At Connect Healthcare, we offer two types of Pilates: mat classes and reformer classes. All of our classes focus on the principles of Pilates, including core control, breathing, postural alignment, flexibility and precision.
Our mat classes incorporate floor exercises, combined with props such as therabands, foam rollers, chi-balls, Pilates circles and hand weights to increase resistance or act as a support to certain movements.
Our reformer classes utilise the Pilates reformer machine – a bed-like frame that uses different weighted spring combinations to create resistance when the carriage moves back and forth. Exercises on the reformer usually work muscles through a large range of motion which is beneficial for strengthening and conditioning muscles, as well as increasing stability through the joints. Reformer Pilates is also a wonderful tool for rehabilitation as it allows exercises in a horizontal plane of motion so there is no weight bearing through the legs.
Pilates has been shown to help in the management of conditions such as:
- Lower and upper back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Hip and knee pain
- Pregnancy and post-natal recovery
- Sporting injuries
By practicing Pilates regularly, it could help you to:
- Ease pain and discomfort
- Strengthen muscles, in particular your core
- Increase flexibility
- Improve posture, balance and mobility
- Assist with pelvic floor tone
- Assist in injury recovery and rehabilitation
- Improve injury resistance
- Improve breathing
- Boost sporting performance
Pilates Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear?
Appropriate activewear is essential for Pilates exercise. We recommend gym tights, leggings or shorts and either a t-shirt or singlet top.
What do I bring?
You could work up a bit of a sweat in class, so please bring along your water bottle and a small towel. We also ask that you bring a clean pair of socks to wear during your class.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early as classes will start promptly. Check in with reception staff on the ground floor, then make your way up to the gym space on level 1. If you are late, it is at the instructor’s discretion on whether or not you may join the class.
How many people are in a class?
We insist on keeping our class size small so we can pay extra attention to all our Pilates clients. We have a maximum of 8 clients in a Mat class and a maximum of 4 in a reformer class.
How long do Pilates classes go for?
Our classes are 55 minutes in duration.
I can’t make it to my booked class – can I cancel?
We insist on keeping our class size small so we can pay extra attention to all our Pilates clients, therefore we must be fair and consistent with our cancellation policy. We ask that you provide 24 hours’ notice, so your space can be offered to another client. This will also help you avoid a fee for missed or late notice changes to your booking.
How often should I do Pilates?
To maximise your results, we recommend that you practice Pilates 2-3 times a week.
I’m pregnant or have just given birth – can I do Pilates?
Yes! Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise for soon-to-be and new mums. Regular Pilates practice throughout pregnancy will not only improve your core strength and pelvic floor tone, but it will also assist in:
- Relieving pregnancy-related discomfort
- Increasing labour stamina and reduce postnatal recovery time
- Preventing back pain
- Reducing pelvic instability and pelvic pain
Postnatal Pilates can also assist new mums in:
- Regaining their abdominal and pelvic floor tone
- Improving posture and back or neck pain associated with feeding and lifting their little one
- Having some alone time to relax and focus on themselves for an hour or two a week!
Can I use my phone during class?
We ask that you do not use your phone during class, so as to avoid any disruptions to the class and to other clients. Please ensure your mobile phone is switched to silent during your class (this is actually very therapeutic – maybe try this outside of class, too!).