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Getting Started

Rob will ask most new clients to start with an Initial Consultation at his Studio in Coulsdon.

 

This session lasts 90 minutes and will consist of the following:

  • A discussion covering your medical history, occupation, sports and the personal goals you wish to achieve from your Pilates sessions

  • Postural assessment

  • Movement assessment

  • Introduction to basic principles and exercises

If you have significant, recent experience of Pilates this may not be necessary.

What if I have a current injury or condition?

 

It is recommended that you consult your medical practitioner before you start Pilates, particularly if you have an existing condition.

Rob actively works with medical practitioners to ensure that your Pilates programme complements their treatment and avoids any contraindicated movements. 

 

Please inform Rob at the beginning of each class or private lesson if there has been any change in your ability to exercise.

 

All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

What if I am pregnant? 

 

Pilates can offer many benefits during pregnancy. However, all pregnant mothers should obtain approval from their medical practitioner before they start and check regularly throughout the pregnancy.

 

It is generally recommended that you stop exercising between weeks 8-14. If you are new to Pilates, Rob recommends you wait until your second trimester.

 

It is also recommended you wait at least 6 weeks after a natural birth before resuming exercise, this will be longer for caesarian deliveries.

What do I need to bring with me?

All equipment is provided for private lessons. Rob will discuss what equipment you will need for your online mat classes. He recommends you always bring a bottle of water.

Please ensure that you bring any emergency medication with you to all lessons or classes. This might include asthma inhaler, angina spray or EpiPen

What about cardiovascular fitness?
 

Rob recommends that all his clients integrate some form of aerobic exercise into their self-practice, this can take many forms such as:

  • Brisk Walking including Nordic Walking

  • Swimming

  • Cycling

What next?

 

Rob will discuss what will be the most appropriate approach for you. 

 

Possible options include:

Please note that if you are joining Online Mat Classes, you may need to attend a further Private Lesson to ensure you understand the exercises sufficiently before you join.