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learn more about us, the studio and pilates at shamata pilates.
"What should I wear?"
Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in (like you would wear to a gym). We have male and female toilets available for your use.
To protect the Shamata mats, no shoes are worn in the Adelaide Studio.
We prefer clients to wear socks and highly recommend non-slip socks.
"Do I need to bring my own mat?"
All mats and equipment are supplied in the Shamata Pilates Studio for your convenience.
You may wish to BYO Mat to Yoga styled classes as we understand you may prefer to practice on your own mat. For those who don't own one, we supply Yoga mats at no extra charge. Clients are requested to wipe down the Pilates and borrowed Yoga mats with antiseptic wipes (provided by the Studio) after use to ensure the cleanliness of the mats for the next user.
"How many times per week?"
The more classes you do per week, the quicker you will progress.
Most people attend classes between 2 and 3 times per week to achieve maximum benefits.
Although only one class a week will still result in noticeable improvements.
"How long do your classes run for?"
Every Group Class runs for 50 minutes.
We also Offer Private Pilates Sessions of which you may choose either 30 minute or 50 minute sessions.
"Do I need to be really fit?"
Pilates exercises can be modified to either increase or decrease the challenge, making it appropriate for all strength and fitness levels.
Your health is our top priority and we encourage you to work within your own limits. At Shamata Pilates, no prior experience is necessary - just let our friendly Instructors know you're new and they'll look after you! If you are concerned about your fitness or strength levels, we recommend that you start with the Pilates Relax and Detox classes and go from there.
"Do I need to be really flexible?"
No you don’t need to be flexible to successfully participate in Pilates or Yoga group classes. Your health is our top priority and we encourage you to work within your own limits. Pilates moves can be modified for any flexibility or fitness levels and we welcome all clients, from people who can’t touch their toes, to clients who can do the splits! You will notice your flexibility significantly improve with consistent participation in regular Pilates classes.
"What if I’m injured?"
We recommend you consult a doctor or your specialist before booking yourself into any group classes.
Pilates and Yoga are both gentle forms of exercise and movements can be modified to suit various restrictions and injuries.
However, if your injury is serious and requires rehabilitation, you may require one-on-one attention at a specialist clinical Pilates practice.
If you are unsure whether Shamata Pilates & Yoga group classes are appropriate for you, please contact us.
"My Physo/Chiropractor/Osteopath/Dr has told me I should be doing Pilates..."
At Shamata we aim to accomodate everyone who walks through our door. We can assist you with chronic body mechanic difficulties and/or imbalances with a combination of Private and (appropriate) Group Pilates sessions. We are happy to open up a dialogue with your other healthcare professionals so we can best understand your body's needs and help you get the most out of your Pilates practice.
"Am I locked into any contracts?"
No! At Shamata Pilates, there are no lock-in contracts. You only pay for what you use.
You can even place our amazing Platinum and Silver Memberships on hold at no charge! See our pricing page for more information.
"How do I book in?"
See the how to book page.
"What is the Cancellation Policy?"
Please provide at least 6 hours notice of your cancellation to allow other clients an opportunity to book into the class.
Full payment or prepaid credits will be automatically charged if less than 6 hours notice of cancellation is provided.
For Unlimited Direct Debit Members if more than 1 class is cancelled with less than 6 hours notice in any given month, a no show/cancellation fee of $22 will be charged for each further late cancellation in that month.
"How does the Wait List work?"
See our how to book page.
"I have a Gift Certificate. What do I do now?"
Simply use our convenient online booking system to book the classes for which your Gift Certificate is valid. Please bring a print out or copy of your Gift Certificate with you on your first visit to the Studio.
Each Gift Certificate has a unique code which we require to activate the valid classes.
"I'm Pregnant - Can I attend regular classes?"
We ask that you check with your doctor, obstetrician or midwife before commencing Pilates classes when pregnant.
As a general rule, during the first trimester you can usually continue what you have already been doing before pregnancy.
So, if you have already been participating in Pilates classes, it is generally safe to continue our regular Pilates classes during your first trimester. If you have not been undertaking regular Pilates classes, it is best to rest during your first trimester.
We offer three types of Pregnancy safe classes at Shamata Pilates. Pilates Relax, Detox and Pregnancy (see timetable for days and times).
When you reach your second trimester (14 weeks), we ask that you phase into our Pilates Pregnancy Classes, which are suitable for mums-to-be in their second and third trimesters on Saturdays at 11.15 am. This will ensure you undertake pregnancy-safe exercises only, in classes specifically designed to support you throughout your later pregnancy. Please refrain from attending our other regular classes after your second trimester, as we are not always equipped to provide pregnancy-safe exercise modifications in all classes, and want to ensure you exercise in the safest way possible!
"What do I need to bring for Pregnancy Classes?"
If you are attending Pilates Pregnancy classes you are required to bring your own gym/fit ball. These can be purchased from us if you don't already own one. Please contact us at least 1 week prior to starting Pregnancy classes for any gym/fit ball orders as it will take us a week to get one into the Studio for you.
"When can I attend Mums & Bubs Classes post birth?"
Please seek approval from your obstetrician or midwife before commencing Postnatal Pilates classes. It is recommended by most physicians and obstetricians to rest for 6 weeks following a natural birth before commencing fitness activities. If you have undergone a
C-Section/Cesarian it is recommended you rest for 12 weeks. Most new mums return to classes when their baby is 2 - 3 months old. At this age they are more comfortable within the class setting.
"What do I need to bring to Mums & Bubs"
We recommend bringing a soft blanket and some of your baby's favourite toys to classes. This will help them to stay calmer and give them something to do should they get bored. It is each Mum's responsibility to take care of their baby at all times in class.
"Can my baby feed during the Mums & Bubs class?"
Yes! Mum's & Bub's Classes are totally baby friendly and we are happy for you to pause participation in class to feed either with bottle or breast. We also have a changing table in the disabled toilet (right outside the Studio) should your baby need changing.