Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a programme of exercises which gives you a more supple, stronger body and a calmer mind.

The exercises taught at Principal Pilates are a modified version of Joseph Pilates's original exercises. This makes them more accessible and relevant to all of us.

They are non-aerobic and low-impact exercises. You can relax as you release muscle tension, then gently find more movement in your body. The strengthening exercises then work the deeper layers of muscle that work to stabilise the body.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
  • Easier, fuller movement in the body
  • Both flexibility and strength
  • Better posture
  • Better balance
  • Better coordination
  • Greater body awareness
  • Both rehabilitation and Injury prevention
  • A more relaxed mind
Who can benefit from Pilates?

Everyone aged 16 and over can benefit, particularly people:

  • referred by a GP, osteopath, chiropractor or other medical practitioner (e.g. because of back pain, joint or postural issues)
  • those who have to sit and are inactive for long hours due to their work
  • older adults especially to keep mobility (this can be the case from 30 onwards if you tick the box above too!)
  • pre and post-natal women
What is the Franklin Method?
The Franklin Method aims to maximise the efficiency of your body movement through visualisation and improved body awareness. It has been developed by Eric Franklin and the Franklin Method team since 1994. Franklin Method equipment is great for reducing muscle tension and so is a perfect complement to the aims of Pilates.
How can I join a class?
Just email, call or text Caroline Hunt and you can come along to a class as a taster session. You just need to fill in a health form first.
What does it cost?
The taster class is £8, otherwise, classes are paid for in advance for the whole term (around 6 weeks long).
What do I need to bring?
Nothing but yourself, all mats and small equipment are provided.
What shall I wear?
Comfortable clothing, layers are good so you can remove or add, depending on how warm you feel. All exercises are done without shoes (unless you wear orthotics and prefer to use them for standing exercises).
What's the difference between classes and 1-1 sessions?
In classes, the sequence of exercises aims to work on general fitness needs such as gently finding more movement in the lower back, or building pelvic and core stability. In a 1-1, all the exercises are tailored just to your needs on that day. The benefits from a 1-1 should therefore be much greater.
How do I find the classes and 1-1s?

Classes are at:

  • Total Body Conditioning, High Street, Milton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4EL
  • Hagbourne Village Hall, Main Road, East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire OX11 9LR
  • Hagbourne Sports Pavilion, Great Mead Recreation Ground, Great Mead, East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire OX11

1-1s are at:

  • Woodlands Medical Centre, Woodlands Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0BB

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