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Studio Re-Opening: Your Questions Answered

Posted on 22nd July 2020 by

With our studio re-opening on 27th July, we’ve had a number of questions for the finer details and to clarify a few things. As always, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have, so here we go!

How do I get back to my original class when you can finally open “as normal”?  

To be honest, we don’t know when ‘as normal’ will be. We can only work with what guidance is currently in place. That means we have a new ‘normal’ timetable in place. We can only accommodate 4 people per class currently and have scope to expand our timetable depending on demand. Those who sign up to a new class will be securing their place in that class. We hope that in time, we will be able to expand class sizes and therefore accommodate more people.

Can my membership still be on hold if I don’t want to do any classes whatsoever until it is back “to normal”?

Yes, of course! We will happily keep your membership on hold until you’re ready. You can still access Pilates in a number of ways, including pre-recorded online classes and 1-2-1 sessions in the clinic.

When people have booked and at last minute they cancel, will you be able to offer to someone else on a waiting list?

Ay present, we are unable to offer our usual ‘make up’ class system, accommodate changes in classes and hold waiting lists. This is because we are supporting class ‘bubbles’ to minimise contact between lot’s of different people and we don’t have the scope to offer lot’s of additional spaces for ‘make up’ classes.

Can I still continue with the online Pilates classes?

Yes, the online pre-recorded Pilates will be continuing. You can sign up for this here. If you want to stop your online Pilates subscription, just sign in to your account and cancel your subscription.

If I come back to the studio, what happens to my online subscription?

Studio classes and the online subscription are handled separately. Some people may want to continue to access the online classes, if so you don’t need to do anything, your online subscription will continue. If, however, you’d like to cancel your online subscription now the studio is open, you’ll need to do this through your online account.

My usual class isn’t on the new timetable

Unfortunately, in the current climate, it has not been possible for us to re-start the previous timetable. We have had changes in staffing schedules and hours, are phasing staff back in from furlough and given that we have to reduce class times and numbers, it just wasn’t possible to continue the old timetable.

We have made sure that we have created a timetable with a good and varied selection of classes, levels and Instructors throughout the week, to offer everyone a choice.

You can take a look at the latest timetable here.

What if I sign up to a Monday and there is a bank holiday?

In this case, we will allow you to make up your class at another time on the timetable, or will put on an extra class for your class at another time that week.

If I want to join Reformer Pilates do I need an induction?

With Reformer Pilates, you’ll need to do a few 1-2-1 sessions before you join a class. This ensures you are familiar with the Reformer bed and equipment, confident moving about on it and are happy with some basic exercises. These 1-2-1 sessions will really help you get the most from the classes. Read more about Reformer Pilates here.

Why do I have to wear a face covering?

We have decided to have both our Instructors and class attendees wearing face masks / coverings. This is because we want to be able to walk round the class to give you guidance and verbal instructions to adjust your position and get the most from your Pilates exercises. This means we can’t keep a distance of 2m from everyone, in which case, it is advised to wear a face covering. This protects both the Instructor and all the class attendees. We aren’t able to offer hands on adjustment in a group situation.

We will be constantly reviewing and adjusting how we are working, so if you have any feedback at all, please do let us know.


Studio Re-Opening News

Posted on 18th July 2020 by

We are delighted that we can finally re-open our studio and re-start our wonderful, Pilates classes, albeit in a slightly different way (but hey, think we’re all used to constant change by now!).

The good news is, you’ll be meeting the same great instructors in the same place, so not all change!

We’ve carefully scrutinised and analysed all of the official and expert guidance and advice and have put in place some key changes to ensure you can safely re-start classes. Here’s a bit more information about the new class set up.

Class Sizes

The good news is, there is a maximum of only 4 people per class, so you’ll receive lot’s of support and guidance!

New Timetable

In order to comply with the latest guidance, we have to limit the number of people in the studio. We also have to allow extra time between classes, for cleaning, ventilation and to manage the flow of people. We have therefore launched a new class timetable. The timetable will be revised regularly and new classes added as soon as we reach capacity. Should any classes not be popular, we reserve the right to review the timings and change the timetable based on demand.

Class Timings

All classes will now be 45 minutes to help ensure we can run them all smoothly and offer enough sessions. Classes will start and finish on time and we ask that you don’t hang about after the class (sorry, we know you all enjoy this but we have to limit numbers in the building).

Class Bubbles

For now, we won’t be offering our usual ‘make up’ system if you can’t attend your regular class. We need to help limit contact between individuals, so you will need to sign up to a regular, weekly class and won’t be able to swap classes.

Membership & Payment

We have had to review our prices and given that we’ve had to reduce our class capacity by almost two thirds, we’ve had to increase the monthly Pilates membership slightly. It equates to just over £1 a class increase. The new prices for Pilates are:

  • 1 mat class a week monthly membership £60 / month
  • 2 mat classes a week monthly membership £115 / month
  • 1 Reformer class a week monthly membership £100 / month
  • Reformer / Mat combo (1 of each class a week) £150 / month

We are currently unable to offer PAYG Pilates as we have to carefully manage numbers and ‘bubbles’, so can’t have lot’s of different people coming to different classes every week.

What to bring to the studio?

We ask that you bring as little as possible to the studio. You’ll need to wear socks (ideally with grips) and bring a face covering with you.

During the Classes

Our Instructors will still be on hand to guide and help you with the exercises. They will be taking a ‘hands off’ approach, so will be prompting you verbally to help you get the most from the exercises.

If weather (and noise) permits, we will be keeping the windows open during the classes. So, depending on the weather you may want to add (or remove) a layer of clothing or bring an extra layer!

We ask that you stay within your own area during the class and don’t move around the studio.

Coronavirus Screening

Before anyone comes to the clinic, you’ll be asked to complete an online Coronavirus screening questionnaire.

When you arrive at the clinic, we will take your temperature with a distanced forehead thermometer. Anyone with a high temperature will not be able to join in the class.

We ask that if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus, that you follow the latest isolation guidance.

Enhanced Cleaning

At the end of every class, we will ask you to wipe down your own area with the products supplied. The studio will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

Reformer Pilates

If you are coming to Reformer Pilates, you will be asked to wear gloves whilst on the machines. We can supply disposable gloves or you can purchase full finger ‘grip’ gloves to bring with you. These are great or you can find something similar in sports shops.

What to expect: Step by Step

  1. Do not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before your class is scheduled to start.
  2. When you arrive, you will be let into the clinic by our reception team, who will take your temperature. Please wear a face covering and use the hand gel.
  3. Please make your way straight up to the studio.
  4. Each participant will have a dedicated area in the studio. Please ensure you stay within this area. There will be a box for you to put in anything you bring with you.
  5. Ensure you are wearing socks, ideally Pilates socks with grips / non-slip.
  6. During the class, your Instructor will be able to walk round and prompt and help you with the exercises verbally, but they won’t be able to be ‘hands on’.
  7. At the end of the class, we ask that you wipe down the mat, blocks and any other equipment you’ve used with the cleaning products supplied.
  8. Use the hand gel on leaving the studio.
  9. Make your way out of the clinic promptly, using the exit at the bottom of the stairs.

We know how much you all value the ‘social’ aspect of the classes and catching up with people and chatting every week. However, we have to strictly limit the number of people and time spent in the clinic, so we’d really appreciate your support with this by leaving classes promptly.

FAQs

Take a look here, where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

Thank you!

This is just a starting point for us. We very much hope that in time we can relax how we operate, expand the timetable and be more flexible by re-introducing PAYG Pilates and make up classes. We hope you can understand that we are operating under very stringent guidance which is in the best interest of our team and the community, so any decisions are based on this. We’ve been providing Pilates classes to the local people of Chandlers Ford since 2011 and want to ensure we can continue to offer these highly valued classes for a long time to come!

We appreciate your compliance with the new ways, your understanding and continued support.

The goPhysio Pilates Team



Pilates vs Yoga

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

We’ve been offering clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford now since 2011. We started with 2 classes and have now grown our timetable to over 20 classes a week.

People are often very familiar with yoga and what it may entail but aren’t so sure about Pilates. A question we often get asked is

“What’s the difference between yoga & Pilates?”

Pilates

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates back in the early 1900’s. It started as a series of physical exercises based on the concept of an integrated, comprehensive system, which he called Pilates classes Chandlers Ford‘Controlology’.

Pilates encourages the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.

There are many different types of Pilates, the most popular being mat based classes or those using equipment such as Reformers or Cadillacs.

Pilates focuses on:

  • Strength
  • Movement control
  • Core stability
  • Breathing
  • Alignment

People who regularly practice Pilates find that it is a great way to manage and ease many common conditions such as back pain. It is regularly incorporated into training programmes of top athletes as a way of preventing injuries and optimising physical wellbeing.

Yoga

The development of yoga can be traced back over 5000 years. Yoga cultivates physical, emotional, mental and social health and wellbeing. The practice of yoga includes postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, and meditation. Yoga Pilates Chandlers Ford

There are many different styles of yoga. Familiar ones include Hatha, Bikram, Anusara, Viniyoga or Ashtanga. The styles vary on the intensity, amount of relaxation incorporated into the practice, the flow and philosophy.

Yoga focuses on:

  • Flexibility
  • Broad muscle groups
  • Relaxation and spirituality
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Endurance

People can benefit from both yoga and Pilates, you don’t have to choose! The most important thing is to try different classes and do something you enjoy, that supports your lifestyle and goals. Both Pilates and yoga can complement each other well.

If you’re interested in Pilates, then you’re welcome to come along and try a class for free (look out for regular free taster classes that we run too!).

You can read more about the Pilates classes we offer in Chandlers Ford at goPhysio here.

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