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What do I need to bring to class?

Please bring your own yoga/pilates mat and water bottle to class. If you don’t have a mat, please call us and we will bring an extra.

If attending Pregnancy Pilates, please bring a fitball, warm clothes or a blanket plus a pillow for the relaxation component.

If attending Mums and Bubs Pilates, bring your baby, a blanket and a pram.

Do I need a referral to come to class?

No, you don’t need a referral to come to class. If you are however referred from a health professional for a specific reason, please bring any letters with you.

I have health insurance. Can I claim money back?

Depending on your level of cover, you could claim a substantial amount back from your provider. Please contact your health care provider to find out how much you are entitled to – the item codes are located on the “contact and pricing” page. To reduce the amount of paperwork, you will receive an itemised receipt at the end of every block, which you can forward on to your provider. Please indicate in the enrollment form if you wish for this to be posted or emailed to you.

Please be aware that due to insurance regulation changes in April 2015, if you wish to claim your Pilates classes you must have a physiotherapy assessment first. Please contact us to arrange this for you. If you are currently seeing a physiotherapist, he/she can email a report with their findings.

When can I start coming to Mums and Bubs Pilates?

Once you have had the all-clear from your health professional (usually around 6-8 weeks) you can start attending the beginners class.

The Postnatal and Beyond class is designed to have more complex movements and be more challenging on your muscular system, so is therefore designed for those at least 6 months post-natal. Most of the current participants are at least 18 months postnatal. If you would like to start earlier, please contact me to discuss.

I have very weak muscles and am nervous about starting Pilates. What should I expect at class?

Don’t worry! Come along to a beginner class and learn what it is all about. As the classes are physiotherapist-led, there will be lots of information about posture, muscles and breathing. You will get the hang of it soon enough. All exercises will be demonstrated and you will be given a level that is appropriate for your ability. The class will have a mixture of standing, lying and sometimes kneeling exercises. Sometimes there will be partner work and exercise with equipment too! Every class will be different, so you won’t get bored.

I am coming to the Mums and Bubs class. What happens if my baby cries or if I need to feed her?

No problem. That is one of the great things about exercising with like-minded people! There are chairs in the room, so you can comfortably feed your baby and still watch the class (you can still exercise your mind that way!). At Ardross, if you would prefer some privacy, there is a room slightly separated from the main hall where you can feed your baby. If your baby cries, please do not worry. At some point, everyone’s baby is going to cry, so feel free to get up and cuddle your baby or rock the pram where needed. This is an exercise class not a library, so noise is perfectly acceptable!

Why do I have to pay for a whole block? Can’t I just pay week by week?

Class numbers are deliberately kept small, so that correction of your technique can be performed. Large classes of pilates can result in people performing the exercises poorly and may result in injury. At Dynamic Strength Physiotherapy the focus is on safe, appropriate exercise with close observation. Bookings are essential to make sure that people don’t miss out that want to attend. Also by having everyone start at the same time we can use the full term to progress through the exercises.

What happens if I go into labour part-way through the block of pregnancy classes?

No problem. Just call or email once you get a chance and we will refund you for the remaining classes. Or you can choose to  put that money towards some mums and bubs classes later!

What happens if I am sick or busy at work and I miss a class?

Where possible, a make up class will be offered within the same 5-week block. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of the pregnancy classes and the extensive waitlist, this is often not possible for those particular classes.

Where notice is given, we will attempt to fill your spot with someone from the waitlist. If this can be achieved, you will not be charged for that session. If your spot cannot be filled from the waitlist, you will be charged for that session.

I would like to go on holiday during the block – can I just book for certain sessions?

At the discretion of the physiotherapist, you can arrange to attend and pay for certain sessions within a block (minimum being 3 sessions). This must be negotiated prior to the start of the block.