Can I try a class?
Yes, we welcome people who have done Pilates elsewhere. You can try a suitable class at no charge. T&Cs apply.
What is the Reformer?
The Reformer is the best-known piece of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates. It uses spring-based resistance to provide additional challenge to your core stability. It can be used when you want to work harder in a studio session or private lesson, and can also be used remedially.
Is my teacher properly trained?
All our teachers have been trained by Body Control Pilates, the UK’s leading teacher training organisation for Pilates. The basic course takes 18 months to complete, including practical and written exams as well as substantial supervised teaching practice. Our teachers have additional qualifications including Master Matwork and Reformer. Two of our teachers are also trained dancers. We all undertake an annual training programme, are fully insured, and hold a first aid certificate. We hope that reassures you, but please do ask if you have any other questions.
Is Pilates an aerobic exercise?
At beginner level, Body Control Pilates is quite gentle. At advanced levels, it is pacey and challenging, right up to our fast Dynamic Pilates class. From September 2016, you can also do High Impact Power (HIP) Pilates.
What if I am an athlete?
Pilates helps with cross-training for all sorts of sports including golf, horse-riding, cricket, football, rugby and tennis. (Andy Murray famously does Pilates). We often work in conjunction with team physios, coaches and elite athletes.
What if I have a back problem?
Pilates generally helps with non-specific lower back pain, by improving core strength and posture. Local surgeons often recommend our studio to help their patients rebuild fitness after back surgery or joint replacement.
What if I have osteoporosis?
In this case you should attend our gentle classes that are suitable for people with bone-density issues, run by teachers with special training in this area.
What if I have just had a baby?
With a normal birth, you can return to gentle exercise six weeks after the birth, but we recommend a longer gap if you have a C-section. Many of our teachers have specific training in Pilates and pregnancy, and are happy to advise you.
What if I’m pregnant?
You should avoid exercise classes during the first trimester, but it’s fine to do Pilates for the rest of your pregnancy. We will adapt the exercises as your pregnancy progresses.
What if I’m unfit?
Regular Pilates will improve your level of general fitness, and make you more flexible. It doesn’t matter how unfit you are to start with, as long as you can get onto a mat on the floor, and back up again, without assistance.
What should I bring?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring anything. We provide everything you’ll need, including mats, cushions and any other equipment.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable such as a T-shirt or sweatshirt, with leggings or tracksuit bottoms. You should keep your socks on for the class. We keep the studio nicely warm and cosy.
How do I book?
All classes must be pre-booked by phoning 01625 860475 or using the online contact form. It’s best to book early, because group classes have a maximum of 12 attendees in line with studio capacity and Body Control Pilates Code of Practice.
What will Pilates do to my body?
Pilates targets the deep core muscles to help you build strength and stamina so your body is more toned and shapely.
What areas do you cover?
Our Pilates studio is based in a lovely setting in Nether Alderley, Cheshire. It’s so calm and peaceful here that many people travel from surrounding areas including Knutsford, Macclesfield, Chelford, Mottram St Andrew over Peover, Tytherington, Mobberley, Congleton, Wilmslow, and even further afield. We also run regular classes in Alderley Edge and Prestbury.