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Covid-19 Virus - Pilates Classes

Due to Covid-19 there are no face-to-face Pilates classes at present. 
All the Pilates classes are now streaming live and are available to book.   
We can take bookings from our existing clients, past attendees and new people who want to start with us, so please get in touch by email if you are interested.

We will send you a health questionnaire by email, with a follow up telephone chat to discuss why you want to start Pilates, if you have any health issues and about your current level of exercise fitness. From this we can find the class that seems most suitable for you.

At the moment, to join a class, you will need to email requesting the class day and time and we will book you in.
We will then send you the invitation email with a link, which on the day you click and follow the instructions to join your class at the allotted time. You may join in using your computer, tablet, I-pad or smartphone providing it has Internet access. We are using a platform called Zoom which some of you may already be familiar with.

At the start of the class the instructor will welcome you as you come on line and after a brief chat they will start the class.
If you have your video camera on, then it might be possible to offer some feedback on your posture and movements, but please remember, that if we can see you, then everyone in the class can also see you in your home. 
It is your choice to have the video camera turned on or off and you can control the video on /off from your own device.  

If the microphone is on, then please do not have it too high because it can cause feedback noises which if it persists, it may be necessary for it to be muted (and the instructor can do this for you).
As long as you can see and hear the instructor, it is your personal preference as to whether you have your own video and/or microphone on or off.  
The instructor will explain more about the class as you go on.

Payment will be made via bank transfer and details will be sent to you when we reserve your booking request. The fee will be £7 per class.

We would like to thank all our current attendees, who have taken up this opportunity to continue with their Pilates with us in their own homes and for the kindness shown to the Clinic by people paying in advance. This helps enormously in enabling the clinic to survive in the current crisis, so we will still be here for everyone when we finally come through it. Your support is what keeps us going too.

Top tips before you start :
1. Select a good size space so that you can stand and wave your arms about and lie on the floor swinging your legs around without breaking furniture, china, lamps etc.
2. Select 2 camera spots – one waist high for the standing bits of the warm up and the second on the floor, preferably sideways on so that we could see your spine shape when you are on your hands and knees or lying flat on your back.
3. Stand facing a bright light source, i.e. windows. Otherwise with the bright light behind you, you appear as a ghostly silhouette only.
4. You may need to adjust your computer settings to allow the camera/microphone to be “enabled” or “accessed” before class. But remember, if I can see you on the screen, then so can everyone else in the class. It is your choice to have your video displayed or not so please do what you feel most comfortable doing.
5. When adjusting your speakers and microphone so that you can hear us, please do not put them on the maximum as I think that might be why sometimes we have loud, feedback, whistling noises.
6. You can only enter the meeting when I click start, so don’t arrive too early because it will tell you that the meeting hasn’t started yet.  A few minutes ahead of schedule should be fine – we will be allowing a 5-10 minute gap between classes so that everyone can “arrive”.

Finally If you need any equipment, e.g. overballs, elastic bands or headpads, then let me know ASAP before we are totally locked down and we will try and get them to you.
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Pilates Therapy

Pilates Therapy is a mind-body conditioning exercise programme designed to promote core control, improve body awareness, posture, flexibility and functional ability.
Whilst many people chose to take up Pilates Therapy due to a specific problem e.g. low back or neck pain or general stiffness, it is very beneficial to help maintain flexibility and joint movements. It can improve our ability to move, to be more active or just to promote general well-being and good health.
Classes : last about an hour and include a warm-up (often standing), mat work exercises (e.g. lying down on tummy, side or front, sometimes sitting or on hands & knees) ending with a cool down and stretches for flexibility. Additional items of equipment might be included e.g. pilates overball, elastic resistance bands and rollers, each one added to enhance an aspect of Pilates Therapy.
Different levels of classes reflect the degree of core control and body awareness required to perform the exercises to gain maximum benefit.
Whilst anyone can sign up for a beginners course – not just our patients, it is recommended that a 1:1 session be undertaken with 1 of the physiotherapist instructors prior to starting a course, especially if you have a particular physical problem e.g. a knee or hip joint replacement, longstanding back or neck pains or you are concerned that you have not exercised for a long time. We also recommend a 1:1 session if you are joining a class that has been running for a few terms.
1:1 sessions are held at the physiotherapy clinic, last approx 45-60 minutes and you will be assessed for suitability and be taught a few of the beginners exercises.
Courses : A Pilates Therapy term is usually 12 weeks split into two 6 week half terms (running with the school term times).
Costs : A 12 week term costs £120 (New beginners may sign up for an initial 6 week half term costing £60)
Venue : Studio room, 1st floor in “Blackwells”, Chipperfield WD4 9BS
Missed classes – there are no refunds for classes missed but an alternative date and time can be booked within the term paid for, (provided there is a space) at a mutually convenient time. Please login to the web page and swop your class or email me if you are have any difficulty doing this. Please remember that you need to cancel your class with at least 24 hours notice to gain your credit which you use to re book a “catch up” class (choose a similar level).
NB. this MUST be used within the term (or half term) for which you have paid.

For specific Pilates Therapy information or to register an interest, either complete the application form at the Physiotherapy clinic or the on-line form.
Or contact us using the email : with your telephone number so that we may call you back within 48 hours.

Please print off and complete this health questionnaire and return to us before commencing your pilates classes.