Frequently Asked Questions

Why Diamond Press Pilates?
  • My classes focus on quality over quantity
  • All equipment is provided
  • Small friendly classes
  • Luxary studio with underfloor heating
  • Tranquil classes outside in the Summertime
  • You will benefit from Physiology lectures that help you understand the fundamentals of Pilates, muscle imbalances, injury and kinetic chains.
Your instructor is hightly qualified:
  • Body Control Pilates trained
  • Back4Good trained in the Prevention & Management of Low Back Pain
  • Bone Health (Osteoporosis/Osteopenia) qualified
  • Pre & Post Pregnancy qualified
  • Trainee Osteopath
What should I wear? Is there anything I should bring?

CLOTHING: Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move around in. Track-suit bottoms and a T-shirt are fine; you may find some exercises easier if wearing socks. Please note that the closer fitting your clothing, the easier it is for me to see what your body is doing and correct it if necessary. This means that you will get much more out of the exercises and progress more quickly than if wearing baggy clothing.

WATER: Please bring plenty of water as it is important to stay hydrated.

EQUIPMENT All mats and equipment are provided but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both Pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that Pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing.

Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body in order to strengthen the core. In turn this stabilises and strengthens the back and torso. The best Pilates classes are in small groups where the teacher can develop programmes that suit each individual person's strengths and weaknesses.

I'm 65 years old and I've never exercised in my life. Is it too late to start?

Never! It's never too late. Go slowly and you'll be amazed how much your muscles will respond. Check with your doctor before starting, just to be on the safe side.

I love to work with elderly clients as well as younger ones, because both are able to make such rapid progress and this can make a big difference to so many lives.

I'm really struggling with the breathing concept how can I overcome this?

Don't worry about this too much especially at the very early stages of learning Pilates. Yes it is important to get the basics right but it can take at least 6 to 12 weeks to master and understand the principles behind some of these beginner exercises; especially the breathing patterns which work alongside the exercises.

In my experience most people who start Pilates struggle to learn the breathing patterns and then give up. The main thing to remember is to start mapping the exercise moves and if you are really struggling with the breathing, bring this element in later.

Don't panic! Half-way through the first term you are offered a discounted one-to-one private lesson to cover anything you may find challenging. Once the breathing element is no longer a problem, you will find yourself able to progress confidently towards Intermediate level.

Can men do Pilates, or is it mostly for women?

Pilates programmes are individually designed to take into consideration the client's interests and lifestyle, and they are equally effective for men and women. Pilates can promote better technique in a chosen sport, whether it's tennis, golf or running.

It's true more women do Pilates to men however, Pilates can help to keep your muscles in balance. Pilates is invaluable for men of retirement age who haven't exercised in decades and want to get in shape safely, without risking injury.

Come on guys don't be shy!

Do you have any tips to stop me getting stiff shoulders after a day at the office?

Make sure your chair is close enough to your desk to keep your lower arms at right angles to your torso and that your computer screen is positioned at eye level. Your knees should be bent at right angles and feet flat on the floor.

Don't cross your legs! If you have to lean forwards, lean from the hips, not from the upper back and shoulders, don't spend more than 30 minutes in this position. Take frequent breaks to do some simple Pilates exercises.

Place a tennis ball between your upper body and the back of your chair. This will keep your shoulders and back upright. As you start to slouch at your desk you will loose contact with the ball (maybe the ball will fall out) in which case you know your posture has become compromised. Sit back up and use the ball to do some simple shoulder exercises or massage.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
  • Develops muscular control
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Flattens, tones and strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Heightens concentration
  • Improves functional fitness for everyday life
  • Improves posture
  • Increases circulation
  • Increases flexibility
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces back pain & the risk of injury
  • Relieves tension
What if I am unable to attend a class?

I know that sometimes life occurrences or unavoidable illness may mean that you're unable to attend therefore, it would be really helpful if you can let me know if you're not going to make a class ideally 24 hours before so that it allows me an opportunity to offer your space out to any individuals wishing to make up for a missed class.

I will offer you an alternative space in another class during the current term, but this is subject to availability. Once places are filled, I am sorry, but any missed classes will then become forfeit; refunds cannot be accepted.

Why do I need to complete an Medical Form?

This is important In order to make sure I am fully aware of any issues that you're experiencing or looking to overcome, it's vital that you complete my health questionnaire before joining a class.

Without a form you will not be able to join a class. This is for your own health and safety as well as meeting my insurance conditions.

What are First Class Workshops?

First Class Workshops are designed for anyone who has missed the introductory stages of an already established course whether its a general mixed ability course or a special populations course.

For example, an established beginners course may have been progressing for some time and it is inevitable that someone may wish to start part-way through. This is what the First Class Workshops are designed for.

In the case of a brand new beginners course where everyone is starting at the same time the Workshop is incorporated into the first six weeks as part of the standard progression.

In essence the First Class Workshop is a mini course designed to teach you the first set of essential Pilates exercises perfectly along with the accompanying Pilates ABC Principles (Alignment, Breathing and Centring); after which you can transition over into the general classes.

Please note that as an extra this mini course also has a basic anatomy lecture incorporated in order to give you a better understanding of what Pilates is all about and how it works. The Workshop also provides an opportunity for you to sample Pilates, gain confidence and discuss any concerns you may have in private before transitioning over to your new class where your development will continue.

Bookings

Please download and complete the Medical Form and return it to me via email (Lois@dimaondpresspilates.com) or post to (29 Whitby Close, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 6TR).

Once I receive the medical form, I will contact you directly to introduce myself and to sort out any First-Class Workshops, interviews, postural analysis requests and any other questions you may have.

After this consultation payments will become due (see payments for more information)

Payments

Classes usually consist of 6-week blocks, usually corresponding with the school term, sometimes the school term is 7 or 8 weeks in which case I will notify you and the fees adjust accordingly. All payments are to be paid in full by the first day of term.

Both cheques and bank transfers are accepted, details of the latter will be released during the initial phone conversation upon joining or upon request. Cash is accepted however, please ensure the exact amount as I do not carry change on the night in order to save time and keep the classes punctual.

Thank you in advance.

Termination of Classes

If you wish to leave, I will be sad to see you go however out of respect please provide 6 weeks notice at the start of your last intended term. I ask this as courtesy to allow me time to find a replacement and also out of respect to your fellow colleagues should you be part of a private member set-price group as fees are being equally distributed (thank you for understanding).

What about GDPR and Cookies?

GDPR

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018. It stipulates that all businesses must seek consent from their customers to keep in touch and hold their data.

As a current or recent client, I would really like to carry on sending you regular emails with information on my Pilates classes and sessions, but I can only now do this with your consent. Upon joining you'll find the GDPR consent has been incorporated into the Medical Form and you will have an opportunity to choose your GDPR options upon completion of this form.

Please rest assured that I have never, and will never, pass your details on to third parties and will only contact you in direct relation to Pilates offerings. I only use the information supplied in your Medical Form for teaching purposes.

You can opt out of receiving emails or other communication from me at any time by emailing me. I will then remove you from my mailing list.

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