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What is the difference between mat and equipment?
Pilates is taught in two ways, either as part of a mat course or in a studio using machines similar to those developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940s.

What is the equipment studio?
The equipment is how Joseph Pilates would have started all his clients. It can both challenge the fit and support the beginner.

Classes are limited to six people per session. Participants work individually at their own pace following a programme tailored to their own specific needs.

These sessions are suitable for both those with specific problems, who may need extra help and attention, and those who are fit and able who want to enhance their strength, flexibility and performance and help avoid and prevent injury. The machines use springs and gravity for resistance. The main pieces of equipment are called 'the reformer', 'trapeze table', and the 'wunda chair'.

What are mat classes?
Generally a mat work class uses no specialised Pilates equipment. All participants follow the same exercise routine progressing in a structured manner over a period of time. Specific individuals with special needs are difficult to address in this group environment, although it is possible depending on the number of clients in the class and the level. Levels may be split into beginner, improver, intermediate and advanced. All classes limited to 8 - 12 people to ensure optimum individual attention and safety. Courses are generally six weeks long.

Isn't Pilates just for women?
Not at all, Pilates is suitable for both sexes, all ages and all ability levels. Many men think they have to throw huge weights around to look good, this simply isn't true, and you only have to look at my husband to confirm this! It will probably change the way you move, look at yourself and feel about yourself for the better.

Who can benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability, Pilates caters for people of all ages and background: from the elderly, first time exerciser looking to enhance their general fitness to professional athletes and sports persons trying to improve performance and help prevent injury.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

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Helena Bradwell
Oxfordshire Pilates Centre
Tannery Court
Ock Street

Tel: 01235 555395

Email: helenabpilates@gmail.com