Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear?
You need to wear something that is easy to move in, preferable close fitting to the body. It is best to wear layers of clothing so that, as you get warmer during the class, you can remove some layers. Tracksuit bottoms or leggings & a T-shirt work well. No shoes are needed, just socks or bare feet.
Do I need to bring anything?
Yes, you will need to bring a mat unless you are attending a class at the Hayloft in Emsworth. I can lend you a mat for the first few classes and we can discuss which mats would be suitable for you. Often clients need more padding than the basic thin yoga mat.
I will bring everything else you need including cushions and any other equipment that I use in class. Although some people prefer to have their own cushions.
What time should I arrive?
It is best to come 15 minutes before class on your first day so that you can fill out a medical form and discuss any specific problems you may have. If you have access to email then please make sure I have your email address so that I can forward the form to you prior to your trial class. If you think you may be late please let me know so I can post you a form to fill in.
Normally you should aim to arrive 10 minutes before the lesson.
Please note! The front door of the Hayloft is closed during classes, so you need to arrive before the class starts, or notify the teacher in advance that you will be late.
I have an injury, or I feel ill should I come?
It is always best to check with your doctor, and / or your practitioner first if you have an injury, before participating in any exercise. It may be necessary for me to contact your practitioner for advice on your particular condition, although full permission must be granted by you first.
Most of the exercises can be modified to suit your needs and any injuries you have, so that you can still work the rest of your body. Often working the rest of your body will help you feel better.
If you feeling unwell then please let me know, if its a small cold then you should be fine to exercise and it may make you feel better. However if you have something that is contagious or you feel really bad, then please tuck yourself up in bed & make up the missed class another time.
What fitness level is Pilates suitable for?
Any fitness level is suitable, ranging from, someone who has never done any exercise, to dancers and athletes. However there are different class levels so please check that the one you are attending is right for you.
Do I need to book or just turn up?
Classes are normally booked in blocks of 6. You are welcome to come along to your initial trial class at any point during the block and just pay for that class on the day. If you then choose to continue, you will be required to pay the rest of the block payment at the following week’s class.
All classes in the block must be paid for, this is to book your space, but you are welcome to make up any classes you miss by joining another class, as long as it is agreed prior to attendance & within the block of the missed class.
There are no refunds or exchanges for classes once paid for.
Under very special circumstances, the classes can be paid for weekly, however this must be agreed, in advance, with the teacher.