Getting Started

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
Medical Form
You'll need to complete an medical form before attending classes; it's important for me to be aware of any medical issues and it enables me to understand what you would like to achieve from your Pilates workouts.
Etiquette Contract

Please print out and sign the Etiquette Contract Form before attending your first class.

This form just lists a few simple dos and don't rules which applies to all classes in order to create a nicer environment for everyone; it also clarifies the bookings, payments and cancellation procedures, in addition to the new GDPR regulations.

My first class and how will I progress?

As you might expect, we first start with the basics and build up gradually; if we have already started the course you will be offered a First Class Workshop which will allow you to catch up with the basics and then join in one of the classes that best suits your ability.

PLEASE NOTE that although the basics may not have the wow factor of a high paced dynamic exercise class advanced Pilates is very tough and you will need some time to become aware of your body before progressing towards this level of exercise if this is what you want.

Getting the basics right before working at advanced level is key and it can take at least 6 to 12 weeks to master some of the initial exercise movements especially the breathing patterns which work alongside the exercises.

My classes focus on teaching Pilates properly from scratch followed by steady progression, they are not diluted versions which you get in large classes. You will discover that it is possible to do beginner exercises, work hard and still reap the benefits of all Pilates has to offer without hurting yourself as the classes focus on quality.

In my experience most people who start Pilates struggle with 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.

What if I am unable to attend a class?

Sometimes life occurrences or unavoidable illness may mean that you're unable to attend . Ideally, please let me know 24 hours before, so that I can offer your space 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'm sorry but any missed classes will then become forfeit; refunds cannot be accepted.

Thank you for understanding.

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 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 Because of Corona Virus I have asked everyone to purchase their own mat and to bring 2 towels one to place under their mats and a smaller one to be used as a head cushion for the time being.

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.