what is pilates and f.a.q.

pilatesThe Pilates Method is a unique approach to exercise that develops body awareness, improving and changing the bodys' postural and alignment habits, increasing flexibility and ease of movement.

It is an exercise method that focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to provide support to the spine.
Combining elements of yoga, martial arts and other forms of physical training Pilates makes for an excellent all round exercise system for mind and body.
Classes taught at pure health are mainly matwork with occasional use of fit circles and thera bands.


What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body mind system that was developed by physiotherapist Joseph Pilates; He drew on a varied background of his experience as a physiotherapist, along with a knowledge of many exercises including yoga, martial arts, dance etc.
What do we do in a pilates class?
Pilates is a series of exercises designed to gently tone, strengthen and increase flexibility. The main target is abdominal, or ‘core’ strength. There will be emphasis on technique, control, and breath. While a lot of it is done on the mat, there is also standing work sometimes done, along with use of props such as fit balls, stretchy bands, magic circles etc.
Because of the emphasis on core strength pilates can be particularly good for people with back problems, but as most people lack in this area anyone will find it to be beneficial. It is an excellent way to keep fit, get strong, and relax at the same time.
What do I need for a class?
Just bring yourself and an open mind. We have mats that are free for you to use on your first class, then €1.00 per class after that.  We also have a range of excellent mats to buy, from €18.50. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in, and turn up at least 10 minutes early to register on your first class. Our classes are ongoing, so you can join anytime.
What should I expect in a class?
Expect to switch off and be guided through a flowing and energising workout; along with some breathwork and relaxation.
Do I need to be fit, strong or flexible?
Absolutely not! When you practice pilates consistently you find a lot of positive physical changes occur, so you don’t even need to think about it. Just let go and allow yourself to be as you are, have a willingness to not push to hard and you will find you become flexible and stronger much more quickly.
I have an injury, will I be able for it?
As it was designed by a physiotherapist it is very good for those with injuries or who haven’t done any exercise for a long time. Just give yourself time and be gentle.
When are the classes?
Please see our timetable. Classes are ongoing, you can join anytime.
What if I miss a week?
Our class packs have an extra week in them, so you don’t need to worry. Also you can come more than once a week, and you don’t have to the same class every time, you are free to move around.
Do you have reformers?
At pure health we only use the smaller props.

Can I start with one to try it out?
We ask that you try it out with a minimum of 6, as this is what we believe you need before you get used to it. By then you will be able to feel the benefit and understand it better.  Remember you are doing it for a good reason, and you will need time to see results.