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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates back in the 1920’s. It has developed over the years and there are currently many different forms of Pilates practiced. At pure physiotherapy we are trained and deliver APPI Pilates which is a specific physio led Pilates.

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise which focuses on motor control. Precision of movement with strength, stability and control as its basis.


APPI Pilates is delivered in over 40 countries across the world. The traditional Pilates exercises have been evaluated and modified to make them applicable to the modern day. This adaptation allows the program to be modified to each and every client so they can benefit from Pilates and doesn’t require a high level of strength or fitness in order to start.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is for everyone! Whether you exercise regularly or not at all, Pilates will benefit you. It can also be useful for people who are recovering from injuries. It is suitable for all ages, males & females. Pilates can be really helpful during and after pregnancy, but please let the instructor know as some exercises will need to be modified, particularly in the later stages.


During a Matwork Pilates class you will be expected to get on & off the floor, therefore you must be able to do this (if you cannot please speak to us as we may have alternative’s to our standard Pilates available). If you have any unstable health conditions such as heart problems, breathing conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, or unstable blood pressure please speak with one of our instructors and seek your doctor’s advice to asses if it is safe for you to participate.

It is important to let the instructor know of any health conditions as it may mean the exercises need to be modified slightly for you. This information should be written on the Pilates consent form and you can speak directly to the instructor. The Pilates consent form also allows the instructor to review your specific goals.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates can be tailored to meet individual needs. Experience shows us that a number of people who attend Pilates regularly notice a reduction in their pain levels and that they have less flare ups of long-term conditions.


At a snapshot, here are 10 benefits:

  1. Improves core strength
  2. Decreases/prevents back pain
  3. Improves posture
  4. Improves flexibility
  5. Increases strength
  6. Benefits your mental health & wellbeing
  7. Enhances self-awareness
  8. Reduces stress
  9. Develops your endurance
  10. Improves your quality of life

Classes with Pure Physiotherapy

Norwich – Tuesday Evening @ 6pm & 7pm

Trinity United Reform Church. 1 Unthank road, Norwich NR2 2PA

Based in the hall just behind the church.


Barnsley – Fridays @ 9.30am 

The Scout Hut, Tinker Lane, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 0


Wakefield – Monday @ 9.30am  Friday @1.30pm

West Bretton Village Hall, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4


Remote – Wednesday @ 8pm





Pilates Equipment

Should you wish to purchase Pilates equipment to use for remote classes or to practice between sessions please follow the link below to the APPI website, you can get a 10% discount on your first order using the code: purephysio


What should I expect?

Each class starts with a warm up before progressing into the main body of Pilates exercises, finishing with a cool down and dependent on the time of day of your class this may include relaxation techniques (we don’t want to wind you down too much if you’re about to head into work after one of our early morning classes).

Our group size always remains under 10 people so allows us to adapt exercises to individual requirements and move around the room to check that you are performing exercises correctly.

The instructor is based at the front of the class and the mats arranged in the room so everyone is able to view the instructor. They will explain and demonstrate each exercise before moving around to check how participants are performing the exercises. They may use verbal instruction, demonstration and touch to help correct or facilitate movements.

The classes last for just under 1 hour.

Don’t worry if you spend your first few sessions concentrating on your position and getting used to the exercises, this is normal. We run in blocks of 6. This is because at 6 sessions most people have noticed the benefits of attending classes and we want you to have the opportunity to see this. The research has shown that a one-off class doesn’t bring the same benefits as a course of pilates.

As you improve exercises will be progressed and new skills introduced, so there will be an ongoing challenge to develop you over time. We can also add in different equipment such as Ova balls, magic circles, resistance bands and spiky balls to mix up the classes and provide additional challenges.


Who runs the classes?

All classes are run by fully qualified physiotherapists who have undergone their Pilates training with the APPI. This world leading level of teaching our Physiotherapists at Pure have received, ensures we deliver Pilates in a highly effective way based on research. We provide an exercise and rehabilitation program to help you, whether this is post injury, sporting performance, or even to improve your quality of life.


What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that you feel free to move in. We do not wear shoes during Pilates and you do not need any fancy sportswear. Please feel free to bring a drink with you.


Do I need my own equipment?

If attending a class then equipment is provided.

If you are participating in remote classes then an exercise mat is recommended. You will also need a head block, however this can be a book, cushion or folded towel. If you wish to purchase some equipment to utilise at home for remote classes or to practice between sessions this can be purchased from the APPI, use code: purephysio for a 10% discount on your first order.


Please contact our admin team either by phone 01603 791190 / 0114 213 4050 or send us an enquiry form and we will get in touch.

Alternatively you can book online


6-week course of classes costs £48.

6-week remote class option is £30

(We advise a 1:1 session in clinic if you are near enough to attend, or remote if you are outside of our area prior to joining the remote classes to ensure you fully understand the basics)


1:1 class – 30 minutes £45, 1 hour £60


Appointment Enquiry

Please note - this is only an enquiry form, we will contact you to confirm appointment details.

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