FAQs

Can Pilates help reduce back pain?

There is some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people suffering from non-specific back pain.  For the exercises to be effective, they need to be tailored to the individual concerned and taught by a qualified teacher.

 

Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates classes vary widely in energy cost and calorie expenditure and, as with any exercise,  the amount of energy burnt depends on the level and intensity of the particular exercise being performed. Advanced classes of sufficient intensity can certainly provide a level of calorie burn that will help you lose weight- depending on what you eat!

 

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both forms of exercise concentrate on breathing, developing good posture, balance and strengthening.  The main focus in Yoga is on the poses whereas Pilates focuses more on precise and controlled exercises that target specific muscles and joints.

 

Am I too old for Pilates?

No. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and in fact older clients can benefit greatly from the improvements that Pilates brings about in your mobility, posture, flexibility, coordination and balance.

 

Sources:

NHS choices

medicinenet.com