VIDA Pilates
Jenny Thomson
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Frequently Asked Questions


Is Pilates the same as yoga?

No. There are similarities between them as they are both mind-body type methods of movement and both emphasise deep breathing and smooth, long movements. However, these disciplines are quite different. Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next while Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based.


Is Pilates suitable for me?

Yes, Pilates is suitable for almost every person of all ages and body types, although the exercises may need to be modified if you suffer from an injury or medical condition. If we don't believe that we can help you work within the boundaries set by such injuries / conditions, then we will recommend an alternative teacher who can. As with all exercise programmes, please make sure that you have been cleared by your doctor or physiotherapist to take part in the classes. Please note that in certain circumstances, group classes may not be ideal for an individual and so private lessons may be recommended.


What should I wear?

You need to be comfortable, so you can wear almost anything you like. It is easier for us to monitor your body positions if your clothing isn't too baggy, but again, your comfort is most important. Running shorts are not ideal unless leggings or cycling shorts are worn underneath. This is to protect your modesty as well as our (the teachers) eyes.

Clean socks are a must for the studio as the equipment is shared by lots of people and we don't want to encourage the spread of any nasties.


How often should I take a Pilates class?

We don't like telling people that they should be taking a minimum number of classes a week. We think it depends on how busy your lives are, how much you enjoy Pilates, and how much you want to make a change to your body. If you are looking to improve your body awareness and alignment, then the more time you spend working on it, the better. We would love to see you twice or even three times a week, but we am more than grateful to see you once a week. Let your body be your guide. We realise that cost is also a determining factor and so we have set up a monthly fee to allow you to come as often as you like.


What results should I expect?

Like anything, the results will depend on the amount of time and effort you put into your body. We are working to undo a lifetimes worth of bad habits, so please don't expect miracles to happen overnight. We encourage you to practice movements or exercises outside of the Pilates studio, and the more you can do this, the quicker you'lll get results. We have to remember that everybodys goals are different, and we have to be realistic with these goals.

Joseph Pilates said, “After 10 sessions you will feel different.  After 20 sessions you will look different.  After 30 sessions you will have a new body.” When he said this, he was referring to people who took 3 private classes with him per week and who practiced every day inbetween. Despite this, we do strongly believe that results can be achieved with as little as 1 group class per week, although they won't necessarliy be as dramatic. Be realistic and be patient with yourselves and things will change.


I need to cancel my class or appointment - what do I do?

The cancellation policy is slightly different depending on the product. Please check the cancellation policy here



If you have any other questions, please contact us and we will do our best to help