Pilates Class FAQ

Where are the classes held? – venue, facilities & directions


The Dance Studio. Woodford County High School. High Road. Woodford Green. Essex IG8 9LA

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Mirrored studio. Some yoga mats provided but I recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes.
Toilets. Changing Rooms . Disabled access. Air Conditioned. Free car park

Visit http://www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk/ for directions and nearest tube and train lines. Buses that stop directly outside are W13, 20 & 179 .

If driving use the Vehicle Entrance beside the bus stop on the main road (High Road), which will lead you left to the glass fronted Sports Hall. You can park anywhere in this area.

What are the types of Pilates tuition and equipment do you provided?


Intermediate Pilates – devised for injuries, core strength, remedial care, toning, improving posture, balance & alignment, for all ages & non-impact. Deep thoracic breathing will strengthen weak lungs, ideal for anyone with breathing issues (smoking, asthma,bronchitis etc). Originally just 36 exercise now much wider range but always with the same precision Natasha is a classic Pilates Matwork instructors who flow each exercise into the other using a mind body connection and Pilates Principles that Joseph Pilates spearheaded through his Contrology program. This is not suitable for beginners as it is expected that you know and demonstrate the Pilates Principles

I provide equipment bi weekly which include Bender Balls . Swiss Balls . Blocks  . Bands . Gliders . Straps . Weights . Energy Balls . Callanetics . Circuits . Barre work .

The venue does have mats but I recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes {I have no idea when their mats were last cleaned} 

I’m not sure what exercise I need – can you analyse my health and well being for me?


Absolutely, in fact most of us need to have 6-8 weeks professional analysis of what’s not working in our lives, which minerals, vitamins and nutrients your body is actively telling you it is lacking, the levels of stress or sleep deprivation etc, simply to accommodate the effects on your hormones and physical and neurological well being .

I offer a FREE 20 minute Consultation so simply email me Natasha@solari-uk.co.uk with a brief synopsis of your concerns and I’ll arrange a 20 minute FREE call

What do I need to bring to my first  class? 


As all booking are pre paid, all of the administration is taken care of before your class so the only thing you need for your first class is

1.Completed Physical Questionnaire which will be emailed to you when you book.

2. your own mat if you have one

3.Bottled non-carbonated water

The Physical Questionnaire is vital as it’s an insurance necessity it helps me help you during the class and also has your Next of Kin in the event of emergencies . If you do not present  this on your first session I’m advised not to teach you as it  will infringe my Professional Insurance so please do not put me in this position.

If you are currently pregnant you need to state this when you book and you will be sent  an additional Pregnancy Physical Questionnaire.

What do I wear?


For Pilates you’ll need socked feet and stretchable clothing .

Lots of sportswear is non stretchable (e.g has no lycra or elastane content) which restricts your movement and is unsuitable for exercise classes. Baggy loose clothing is fine as are short Hijab’s (to avoid being caught in excess fabric) but body hugging / fitted clothing is always best for you to see exactly what your body is doing.

What are the fees?

This semi- Private class of just 5-7 students is just £27.50 per 60 minute class when you booking all remaining weeks. This can be paid in 3 installments of £121.00 received on January 5th, February 5th & March 5th .

If you want to try the class for the first time the fee is £29.95.

I recommend booking at least 48 hours in advance for equipment and space purposes as I pride myself on running exclusive personal training classes of just 5-7 students so once those spaces are fully booked, you’ll have to wait until next term for a space.

I do not advise single drop in sessions on a regular basis as it is;

  1. not effective for you to work in such an ad hoc manner (your body needs weekly sessions)
  2. your brain cannot retain what is learnt with gaps in-between sessions, which will slow down the teaching for my other participants
  3. we only have 7 spaces and I elect to work with clients who want the absolute best for themselves week in week out

Do I need a separate Health Questionnaires for different Solari UK classes ?

Yes, simply because I  will only bring the specific class details that I’m teaching on that day. These Health Questionnaires are a legal and insurance necessity you cannot be taught without it as it invalidates the instructors insurance cover. Your forms should be updated by you as and when you have any ailments or injuries so that I am fully aware in writing, of any conditions you have or develop.

How many people are in each classes


This is an exclusive semi-private class of  between 5- 7 students only

This is why pre booking is essential as we may postpone classes if we do not have the minimum of 3 courses booked at the start of term

What if I class is cancelled what happens ?


Sadly if we do not have 3 people booked on the full course at the start of a term the class will be postponed for a few weeks then, if the numbers are still low the class will be cancelled until the next term.

When you book you are told which number student you are { e.g no. 2 of 4} so you know how many more students are needed or whether the class will be cancelled You will be emailed either confirming the class will commence, giving it a few week postponement or cancelling it until the next term.You will be refunded for whatever you paid if courses are cancelled

Your Pilates class  is Intermediate how do I know if this level is suitable for me?


My Pilates class is only suitable for those with a strong working knowledge of Pilates, and though most things will be demonstrated you will be expected to know and  do the basics without demonstration or instruction. It is suitable for those who are very focused and have evident knowledge of the Pilates Principles  though those with a dance, traipse or gymnastics background are also welcome as their body awareness, placement and ability to take detailed instruction would be an asset even if they don’t have a great deal of Pilates knowledge.

I would recommend booking a single session before booking a course to see if my teaching style is suitable for you and whether the class would be best for you. If you email me before you book I’ll  arrange a call back to discuss this with you but we do have Adrian’s All Levels Pilates class as an alternative.

Will I ache after your classes?


Yes, sometime for up to 7 days after my classes as my regulars often complain . This depends on how physically active you are before we meet will determine which type of aching you will experience. The aches and pains experienced in my classes, and often 3-4 days later, are anatomically constructive and controlled, (i .e by  design / meant to be) therefore are not physically detrimental to you. New clients fall into two categories of pain threshold:

      1. Physical Inactive: you will be aching because you are not used to putting your body in the correct position it was designed to be in, you have little or no body awareness so my classes will be mentally and physically demanding until you adopt these principles as part of your every day existence. This is the equivalent of having  braces on your teeth: there will be discomfort and aching until the teeth are in the correct position which takes time and perseverance. You are also trying to break the bad postural habits of decades unless you have, and maintained, a dance or gymnastics background .
      2. Physically Active – you too will be aching due to me pushing your boundaries both mentally and physically during a class to ensure you maintain the standard that you’ve established and to progress onwards doing harder and more demanding activities.

I have to say I  expect and will be disappointed if my clients  have not “felt” the effects of my classes and the aching is just one way of monitoring the effectiveness of our work.

What about the “bring two friends and you come for free” offer?


Bring two new paying friends to any class and after that class you will be refunded your own fee . It’s our thank you for promoting Solari UK  classes. All 3 students must be doing the same class at the same time and the free session is only viable with new people you introduce to the classes on their first visit.

I’m pregnant can I still join your classes?


Most instructors will simply say yes and get you doing basic “cat stretches”  in a corner whilst the rest of the class does real work . I expect as much from my pregnant clients as my non pregnant; as much effort and as much focus though I do give you more rest times and different variations depending on the trimester you’re in. Many of my Mums worked with me before their pregancy so I can push them much further during their pregnancy as I know their ability and level and they, in turn recover and return to my tuition much faster after the birth, whether natural or Caesarian.

Most women suddenly want to take up Yoga (for the breathing techniques, no doubt ) and think that the 7 months worth of tuition will make a huge difference. I always say that their expectations are  the equivalent of  trying to learn a new language (Yoga) and trying to be fluent (proficient) PLUS adapting to regional accents (hormonal changes) simultaneously within a 7-9 month time scale!! The expectations are totally unrealistic but if you have practiced Yoga or Pilates or even Hi-Impact exercise and are genuinely well practiced at it before your pregnancy, there’s no reason to not continue and blossom throughout the pregnancy . If you’ve not exercised regularly (competently at least 2-3 times a week) before the pregnancy then you need to be realistic; how will you be able to identify which aches of muscles, nerves, ligaments and sinews are correct and intended as part of the exercise and which are dangerous or detrimental?

The fitness industry advise that pregnant women only attend specific Pre & Post Natal, 1-2-1 or groups classes of less than 5-8 students for their own safety. On a positive, good exercise programs not only helps with blood circulation, reducing  DVT and boosting energy levels, it assists and speeds up the physical recovery and cell rejuvenation and overall healing after the birth. For those who are pregnant an additional Physical Questionnaire and Insurance Disclaimer will be emailed to you – do ask for that before attending – and your GP, Mid Wife or medical professionals permission is expected and is your responsibility to seek these before joining any of my classes.  If attending a Pilates or Yoga class when pregnant you will need to bring additional pillows and / or bolsters for support or a rolled up rug / blanket – the more you bring the more support you will benefit from and this is especially  crucial from the  second trimester onwards.

Do you have women only / men only / disabled only sessions? 


As a teacher and educator with over 16 years experience I pride myself on being able to teach all manner of students with all types of needs simultaneously and am a firm believer in an “open door policy”. However, if you’d be more comfortable with single gendered or specialist sessions, I’d recommend starting your own private group at home or at work at a time and place of your choosing for about £6.68 p/p . This way you can select the participants you want for your group without infringing upon EU Equal Opportunities & Discrimination legislation. For more details go to the Private & Workplace Tuition section of my site to see how easily, cheaply and quickly your own classes can be started. 

What conditions have you taught?


I’ve have personally taught people how to deal with and strengthen themselves with the following issues;

*Muscular Dystrophy *Scholiosis *Kyphosis *Rheumatism *Cancer (pre and post operative & non operative patients) *Arthritis *Spinal Injuries; prolapsed discs / compression *Joint injuries/damage  *Hip & Knee Replacements *Metal Plating (back,ankles,feet,shoulders,hands) *Spinal narrowing *Fibromyalgia  *Polycystic Ovary Syndrome *Hamstring Damage *Sciatic Nerve *Motor Neuron Disease * Sight & Hearing Issues *Tendonitis *Cardio Thoracic Patients (pre & post operative) *Asthmatics*Diabetics * Hypertension/High & Low Blood Pressure *Crones Disease *Lupus Sufferers *Graves Disease *Multiple Sclorsis *Repetitive Strain Injury *Insomnia *Depression *Obesity & Body Mass Issues *Pre & Post Natal *Anaemia / Sickle Cell Anaemia

It is always advised to seek the permission of your GP, Physio, midwife or any other medical consultant/ practitioner you’re working with before joining any fitness classes. Please feel free to pass them my details if they’d like to contact me in person.

Do I need any supplements? if so what do I specifically need?


The answer is YES  because the RDA’s set by the EU are based on the 70 year old requirement of the Second World War when life expectancy was considerably lower. I would only recommend 100% potency products by internationally renowned USANA as they are guaranteed for quality, purity and are the No1  products in the world class athletes including Serene Williams, The Women’s Tennis Association, Karina Bryant (2012 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist) use. Karina told me that she who was using USANA secretly whilst with part of the Team GB 2012 as they were supplied with another inferior products which she never used.

What are the age limits for your classes?


For fitness classes there is no lower or upper age limit set by legislation though I’d always recommend seeking the advice of your GP or consultant when starting exercise programs.

My specialist training for Elderly clients (YMCA) means that I can adapt exercises for their specific needs and my regular Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) means I have the additional approval to work with under 16’s & Special Needs clients. Children can do any of my classes for their well being or medical conditions though I do limit the use of heavy weights / resistance due to the maliable quality of their bone density. I would expect to have parental consent on all booking forms and when paying for anyone under the age of 16 to ensure that the parents approve of the work being done, though this is not currently required by law.

I am regularly CRB checked (Criminal Records Buereau) so am fully approved to work with children of all ages, special needs adults and all learning groups. I have no problem being CRB checked for your own institution should you require it.

Should I exercise if I’m tired or unwell?


No reputable exercise instructor will EVER advise working out when your fatuigued or unwell. If you think about how dangerous it is to drive or work large machinery when you’re unwell or tired, as it compromises reflexes and concentration which will cause accidents, the same is true of exercise. Though this seems to be common sense many people turn up to classes when hugely fatigued or ill and create more problems for themselves and the instructors teaching them. You get no credit for simply turning up, it’s the quality of the work you do  that should be important to you.

Having said this, people who exercise and work hard / intensely  2-3 times a week are usually able to be just as focused and determined when they’re tired or unwell; I myself, have continued with a full day of classes when I’d severed my right hamstrings and dislocated my right hip (2006) so working out or teaching when injured or unwell is not an issue for me because I have a strong will and am extra vigilant about working “to my edge” . Exercising does detoxifies the body and is recommended when suffering with a hangover or a cold but only you can judge whether you have the temperament, stamina and determination of a semi-athlete to work effectively or whether skipping a session to rest and recover properly, would be better for you.

How late can I arrive at  your classes?


We respectfully ask all of our clients to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time as we do not allow late admittance for insurance purposes because ;

      1. vital instructions and safety measures are reinforced within the first 5 mins of a class.
      2. a proper warm up for all classes is a Health & Safety and insurance requirement .
      3. in fairness to the other participants who will be disturbed .

It always amazes me how many people thank me when I cover classes at  gyms and studios for not allowing latecomers (usually persistent latecomers) and mobiles to interrupt the practice. It’s a shame that latecomers and the instructors who allow such bad practice don’t realise how distruptive and unfair their actions are to everyone other paying client in the group.  So, in all of my classes later comers are not permitted as is the practice in all reputable UK Fitness Network gyms, health clubs and studios who allow no late admittance for classes.

The exceptions to this are those who I’ve worked with on a regular basis or who are advanced enough to know exactly how to warm themselves up, without needing my coaching. In these cases if they are late, they will be allowed to join because the health & safety element can be fulfilled, however  my regulars are never late because they have  a very disciplined and hard working ethic so it’s never been an issue

When to call if I need information not already listed here?


Hours to phone are 10am – 21.30pm GMT for all enquiries or booking classes on 020 8523 5145 . Email is always preferred as these can be responded to in unsociable hours .