FAQ

Where is Abbey Pilates?

Abbey Pilates is based in :
81 The Fairways, Abbeyleix, R32 WK26

How do I Book?

You can book our group classes via our booking page.

Pay as you go

You can book individual classes with our pay as you go option for €10 per class. Just select the classes of your choice on our schedule page to add them to the cart.

Class Pass Option

You can also book up to 6 classes of your choice with our class pass option for €50 and save the cost of one class. Just select our Beginners Pass if you want to book into any of our beginners classes or the Intermediate/ Advanced Pass for any of our intermediate and advanced classes.

This is how it works: Click on the Class Passes link in the menu and select one of the passes to put it in the cart. Before you check out you have to add at least one class of your choice to your cart. You can use your class pass to book the remaining 5 classes another time. Just log into your account on our booking page and select the rest of your classes.


You can book our 1 to 1 and Gentle Pilates classes per phone or e-mail. 

How does the Waiting List work?

If a class is full you can add your name to the waiting list and when a space opens up you will be contacted.

What is the cancellation policy?

Classes are booked in a six week block.  As we are a small studio it is impossible to fill a single vacant spot so we cannot reimburse single missed classes.  However every effort will be made to find an alternative class that might suit.

If you would like to cancel a block of classes prior to commencement we will require 24 hours notice.

What time should I arrive before class?

You should arrive 5 minutes before class for a smooth check in experience and to familiarise yourself with any equipment.

What to wear and bring

It is best to wear tight fitting, comfortable clothing in order to facilitate free movement of all areas of your body. You will not need any footwear as Pilates is practiced in socks or bare feet.  

It is always advisable to bring a water bottle when doing any physical activity

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is suitable for all ages and ability due to its low impact and intensity and has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.

Can men and women do Pilates?

Yes!

Is Pilates safe to do while pregnant?

Yes, however it is essential that you inform the teacher as some exercise may need to be modified. (You can do confidentially before the class if you wish).

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • Improves mobility and flexibility of joints.
  • Improves muscle tone and strength while lengthening and stretching major muscle groups 
  • balances muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Improves posture
  • Improves stamina, making you feel more energised
  • Helps lower stress, providing relaxation and improved sleep patterns
  • Improves stabilisation of spine and joints reducing risk of injury
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Helps with your coordination and balance.
  • Increases lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration and body awareness.
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

While the methods are different, Pilates and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.

Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats, whereas classic yoga does not require any equipment.

Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.

Can I injure myself doing Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, so injuries are uncommon.  

However if you have a pre existing condition it is always best to seek advice from a medical professional before undertaking any new activity.

Why do I need to fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ)?

A PARQ is a standard form to be completed before embarking on any new exercise regime to ensure your safety.

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