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Pilates for beginners

Pilates is a great form of exercise that can be personalised to your specific needs and ability. Whether you trying to build up strength following giving birth, an operation or just wanting to get fitter, Pilates for beginners is a great place to start. Being a non-impact exercise it is a very safe way to start strengthening, with the added benefit of improving your body awareness, quality and coordination of movement and balance. To find out more about the benefits of Pilates please go to our Advice Centre and read our article “Benefits of Pilates”.

What to expect from your first class?

At Flawless Physio we focus on making Pilates specific for you. We therefore only do one to one or one to two classes. Your first class will be one to one so we can get to know you, assess your strength and flexibility and discuss what goals you aim to achieve.

A fundamental of Pilates is being able to activate your core muscles, which are deep muscles of your abdomen, and being aware of the position of your pelvis and lower back. Once you have gained this skill, you will be progressed through different movements during which you will aim to maintain control of your pelvis, lower back and activity of the deeper abdominal muscles.

What shall I wear?

You will need to wear comfortable clothes that you are free to move in, such as loose fitting and flexible shorts or leggings. A lot of the benefits of Pilates come doing from movements that lengthen your muscles, so you don’t want your clothing that may limit you.

Pilates is about body awareness so it is ideal to practice without shoes on, so you can feel the pressure going through the sole of your feet. Some people prefer to be barefoot and others with socks. If you prefer wearing socks, you should wear those with rubber grippers on the sole, to prevent any slips.

The benefit of doing a one to one class at Flawless Physio is that you will have our undivided attention to ensure you start with the best technique. We can also answer any questions that you may have and explain any elements that you find difficult to grasp. We want you to enjoy the session and realise the benefits that Pilates can have for you.

Move Well, Feel Good, Be Better!

Very knowledgeable physio Team! Was in London on a business meeting and ended up visiting James for some urgent treatment on my lower back. Delighted with the service. James put me at ease straight away. His treatment was paramount in getting me through what was a hectic weekend. Could not recommend enough. Will definitely be back when in London again!
Funky Inflatable Co.
Funky Inflatable Co.
17:29 11 Sep 18
Went to "Flawless Physio" two weeks ago for back pain that I'd been carrying for months. Three sessions later, it's all gone! The staff was very pleasant, professional and gave me a series of simple exercises to do at home. I definitely recommend them. I'll be back, hopefully not too soon ;)
Charles Muzard
Charles Muzard
13:04 24 Sep 18
I was recommended to see James by my consultant following surgery to my ankle. He was extremely professional and knowledgable. He motivated me throughout the process and I have now returned to long distance running thanks to his help. I would recommend his services to anyone
David Burns
David Burns
19:32 08 Sep 18
Awesome team. I ended up having to seek out treatment when my back went into spasm (on going problem) whilst down visiting friends. I saw James and he was very professional and through with his treatment. More importantly he gave me a better understanding about what was going on and how to manage my injury in the future. Highly recommended!
James Tatham
James Tatham
08:03 20 Sep 18
I received treatment from Vicky for a very stiff and painful neck, possibly brought on by tension. I felt confident that my therapist was knowledgeable. The service was very friendly and professional and I felt good progress from the first session already. Vicky recommended some exercises and explained how to do them with very clear diagrams and instructions. I would highly recommend Vicky
Tiziana Guffanti
Tiziana Guffanti
17:23 29 Aug 18
I would highly recommend Flawless Physio. Excellent knowledge/treatment and also brilliant customer care - following up and giving advice. Tailored rehab to suit the type and level of sport as well as lifestyle. My wife & I have been treated by both James & Victoria and they have both been great. Will continue to use for any future injury & rehab.
Joe Gomes
Joe Gomes
19:11 30 Mar 19
I saw Victoria for my dodgy shoulder, and she was brilliant. Very professional And knowledgeable, she really took time to explain what was going on and to treat it. She followed up with me to check I was getting on well with the exercises. She is also really accommodating with timings for appointments. I couldn't recommend more highly, thank you Victoria!
Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall
08:35 27 Mar 19
First class. Had 4 or 5 appointments with Victoria that were always late in the evening, although you wouldn't know it. She took her time, whether that be on soft tissue work, explaining how to do an exercise, or the purpose behind it. A genuine person that wants to help and she clearly knows her stuff.
Jamie Moles
Jamie Moles
21:14 20 Jan 19
Went to flawless physio and vic was great! Training for a marathon and she was very understanding and helpful. Living in the Twickenham area so was in great location! Her specialist knowledge in knee injuries was able to get me back running in two weeks 🏃🏼‍♀️
Ruth Herlihy
Ruth Herlihy
23:44 25 Jan 19
I injured my leg (ITB) training for the Berlin Marathon and then made it far worse it by trying to run it. Victoria has been essential in my recovery, helping me understand how to strengthen the right muscle groups and get back to running. I have been very impressed by the depth of knowledge and insight. This weekend I will run the Cancer Research 10km. Thank you!
Paul Carpenter
Paul Carpenter
17:02 28 Jan 19
Really impressed with the service provided at Flawless Physio. Vicky was knowledgeable, professional and her invaluable treatment and advice got me to the start of this year’s marathon when I’d had to stop running with 8weeks to go. Without the advice and care I received at Flawless Physio, at best I’d have limped my way round the course and at worst, not been able to take part at all. Definitely recommend!
Katy Gomes
Katy Gomes
11:03 30 May 19
James helped resolve a hamstring injury that had troubled me for the best part of a year. I'll certainly use Flawless Physio for any future issues. Highly recommended.
Sandeep C
Sandeep C
18:02 30 Apr 19