How do I book a place in a group class?
To book a place in a group class:
Go to the Roaming Pilates homepage > select the 'purchase' tab > select the type of class/class bundle you would like >
You will then go through paypal to make the payment, and the class will appear in your Order History, when you have logged in.
How do I cancel a class?
The 24 hour rule applies to cancellations.
If you cancel your class LESS than 24 hours before the start time, the class will be charged as normal.
If you cancel your class MORE than 24 hours before the start time, you will not be charged, and you can add an attitional class to your bundle replacing the cancelled class.
To cancel a class:
Log in > select 'my account' > select 'order history' > select 'details' > scroll down to 'class info' > select 'cancel' for LESS than 24 hours OR select 'cancel and replace' for more than 24 hours and select replacement time
For the replacement class please add a class onto the end of your bundle, in the agreed time.
How do I buy a class or class bundle?
To buy a class or a class bundle you need to log in, or register your details and create a log in section.
PLEASE AGREE CLASS TIMES WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE ANY PURCHASES.
Once you have registered and checked class availability, you will be logged in as yourself into the website and you can now shop.
To buy a bundle, click on the 'Purchase' tab on the website. Select the class option you would like to buy. You will be directed to Paypal or Stripe to make the payment (details will not be held on the waysite for future use due to data protection security).
Once purchased, the item will appear in the 'My Account' section, under 'Order Histroy', in the right hand column you will see a 'details' button. Your instructor will be notified of the purchase, and will then allocate the time slots agreed. This will show up in the diary when you click on the 'details' button.
How many lessons should I take a week?
This will depend on your time and financial resources.
1 class a week will keep you moving, and begin to introduce the basic principles of movement for optimum efficiency.
2 classes a week would be ideal to help you progress and maintain development week on week and affect the muscles
3 classes a week will see you make improvements much more quickly.
I would advise rehab clients (scoliosis, hip problems, back problems) to have at least 2 or 3 a week, then decrease as you seen improvements/relief in your muscles.
Joseph Pilates recommends 3 classes a week to see real change - regular practice and great improvements.
How do I know if you are a legitimate teacher?
Its really important before taking any class you check the person you are entrusting your body to is equipped and trained to teach you.
There are lots of excellent athletes out there, but that doesn’t always translate into a trained Instructor! And there are lots of weekend courses that can make someone an Instructor in an instant - beware and do your research!
You can read all about my STOTT Pilates qualification in the ‘About RP’ tab, and please do feel free to ask me any questions at all about my training - I’m happy to answer and discuss at length.
Do I need prior pilates exerpeince to join a class?
For an Essential class (beginner), no prior experience is needed.
For an intermediate class, I require at least 3 months regular practice or 2 classes a week, directly before joining the intermediate class; if you have done pilates in the past, but not recently, I require you to first go through at least 1 block of 5 private classes (potentially more depending on my assessment of your level).
No prior experience is necessary.
Will Pilates help by bad back?
A bad back can come from many things, the natural shape of your spine ie Scoliosis; habitual imbalances ie where you always carry a child on one side; the way you sit at your desk; tightening of hamstings from running and many more reasons.
It can also manifest itself in different areas of your back depending on the imbalanced muscle or skeletal shape.
Pilates exercises work to re-balance these imbalances throughout your body which will give you relief in your back pain, and also strnegthen the core muscles supporting your spine to stengthen your back from within and relieve back pain.
For any injury/pain rehabilitation, I require doctors sign off before you begin pilates, which will confirm you are able to begin and also allows me to integrate any specific needs into the workout.
Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Any exercise regime, like your diet, needs a balanced approach.
Pilates will strengthen your core and give you long lean muscles. The result will be that you will stand much taller (and correctly), and your day to day activities, other sporting activities will be done more efficiently and correctly.
You will burn calories in a Pilates class (you can increase this by using weights and working continuously through a mat class), but I recommended to do Pilates in conjunction cardio for maximum impact on weight loss.
Is Pilates the same as yoga?
In short - no.
While both disciplines are complementary, they differ quite significantly. There are many differences, but here are a few to help you separate them out.
The practice of Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India, Pilates is much younger and originated mid 20th Century created by Joseph Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and strengthening. Both disciplins promote a mindfulness of focusing on your muscles and actions as you move your body, but Pilates focuses on how your mind and body are connected how how this give you optimum, efficient, movement function day to day. Yoga focuses on the mind, body, spiritual connection - often the distinction is that Pilates focuses on physical rehabilitation, while Yoga focuses on being a part of mental and emotional rehabilitation.
Pilates classes are slightly more structured than a Yoga class, so you will know more clearly moving between classes and studios what to expect, and there is no meditation in Pilates as you might find in a yoga class.
Breathing is the final main difference, in Pilates breath is used as a technique to help you do the exercise effectively, in Yoga the breathing pattern is used to help you relax - for example sending the breath to areas that might be tight to help relax specific muscle groups.
How many lessons will it take me to be good at pilates/feel the benefits?
10, 10, 10 rule!
The general rule from Joseph Pilates is that with sincere, regular commitment of 3 classes a week (I realise not everyone has the luxury of this!), after 10 classes you feel stronger and you will notice a difference in yourself; 20 sessions you will start to look more lean, and it will be noticeable; 30 sessions and your core and body will be completely changed from the starting position.
I also offer a service where in the first or second class, I record you doing 5 different exercises; then every 10 classes, I re-record these exercises (and other exercises we may have identified), to help you see the progress you are making. There are uploaded to your login space on the website.
What clothing should I wear?
You should be comfortable in your clothing, but try to avoid baggy trousers and t-shits.
It is helpful to be able to see your posture as you move to spot correction needs, which can be lost if your t-shirt for example is hanging down and not allowing me full visibility of the shape of your spine.
Feel free to bring a long sleeved fitted jacket or jumper, no hoods, if you are cold easily.
Men - please wear fitted underwear underneath shorts to avoid any escaping! Or equally longer shorts. Yes - it does happen!
Socks are optional, if you chose to wear them the socks with grip on them are the best. If you are using a studio mat or a mat that isn’t your own, and you know you have a foot infection, please wear socks.
Please tie your hair back in classes, a low/high pony tail/bun or plait so you can lay on your back without it affecting your neck placement.
What is a Postrual Analysis?
A Postural Analysis is a process that I will go through at the beginning of each class for private classes.
With you standing still, I will assess from toes upwards how you stand day to day to identify imbalances, this will involve both just looking, and palpating various parts of your body - knees, hips, shoulder blades, etc.
From this, I will build a class plan for your needs, and we will work to this and develop and progress is as you improve and your posture and ability changes. As we go I wil take progress videos which I will upload to your space on the Roaming Pilates Webstie, you can either store them on the website, or download them to keep free of charge.
Why do I need medical clearance to begin Pilates?
If you are coming to Pilates for rehabilitation, it is important that before we work together there is nothing (that you may not be aware of) that could cause more damage or harm.
Before beginning classes, getting cleared by a doctor, Osteo, Physio or chiropractor means they can double check you are good to go, and also give you important information that I may need to know, or speak with me directly to ensure we have a holistic approach to your recovery.
If you have had any surgery, or past accidents etc, it is important that you notify me of these before we begin as I may need to make modifications to ensure you are doing safe exercises.
I am pregnant, what do I need to think about?
As I don’t work from a large studio, I offer only pairs or private sessions for pre natal Pilates.
Before we begin, please ensure you have seen a doctor to get clearance, and have checked to see if you have any diastasis - you can still do Pilates with this, it just changes the exercises we will do slightly.
Pilates during pregnancy is a fantastic way to keep moving, keep the blood and fluid in your body circulating and make you comfortable right through your pregnancy. Physical activity will not only benefit your function, but it will promote well-being throughout your pregnancy and help you feel ready and strong for the big day itself and also the period after birth when you need physical strength and mental strength.
What is a PAR-Q form?
The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire is a document all clients must fill out before beginning pilates. You can find this on the payments page to download.
This document is your document, to tell me everything I may need to know about your body in relation to Pilates.
Please don’t feel embarrassed, everyone fills one in and it is held confidentially once completed. I don’t want to know about your weight, I want to know if you have any broken bones and muscles!
What is Pilates class etiquette?
In both private sessions and classes, please ensure the following:
• Good time keeping - if you are more than 10 minutes late to a class, you will not be able to join in.
• Minimal chatter - everyone is paying for the class and isn’t necessarily there to chat! Please respect this, ask questions about the exercises when needed, but please hold back general chat or more lengthy questions for before or after class.
• Chewing gum/sweets - please do not bring, chew or eat either during class. They are both choking hazards.
• Water - please feel free to bring a bottle of water and sip as you need in a class - some of the countries we live in are very hot!
• Cancellation - the policy is on the PAR-Q form which you will fill in before beginning lessons.