Information for Pilates Classes
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Online Pilates Classes Are Now Running!
Join Jane Mackenzie 24/7, and access the highest quality Pilates instruction, wherever and whenever you like. Enjoy both livestream and recorded classes with Kent's leading Pilates instructor. Be part of a Pilates community where you will learn more about Pilates exercise, chat with Jane and ask questions, track your progress, and much more!
NEW! Online One-to-One Pilates Sessions
With Jane Mackenzie - by Live Video Link
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During the current epidemic, all my face-to-face one-to-one Pilates classes have suspended, but many of my clients are continuing their fantastic work with me through live video-link Pilates sessions. Video link sessions are exactly the same as face-to-face, apart from seeing each other on a screen as we work together.
All Face-to-Face Pilates Classes Suspended
Currently, all face-to-face classes are suspended in line with government restrictions. Suspended classes will be resumed as soon as possible, and we will let you all know.
Timetable and Venues
Tuesday 9.15 am Hythe, Age UK
Tuesday 12.00 pm Hythe, Burton Hall
Tuesday 5.30 pm Folkestone, Three Hills
Tuesday 7.00 pm Folkestone, Beacon
Wednesday 9.45 am Sellindge, Sports Club
Wednesday 11.30 am Folkestone, Shepway
Wednesday 6.00 pm Folkestone, Beacon
Thursday 9.30 am Hythe, Cricket Club
Thursday 10.45 am Hythe, Cricket Club
Thursday 6.00 pm Hythe, Cricket Club
All classes last 1 hour.
Plenty of free parking is available at all locations. Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts if you are new, or 5 minutes before the class for regular participants. Please respect others and turn up in plenty of time.
Prices and Booking
- Single classes cost £7.50
- Block of 4 classes costs £28.00
- Block of 8 classes costs £56.00
Classes may be booked in advance, or you may pay on the day.
Booking in advance
- Pay in advance to book either single classes or blocks of classes. Your places are booked and guaranteed once payment has been received and Jane has confirmed availability. (Blocks of classes do not have to be taken on consecutive weeks. Just let us know the dates you wish to attend at the time of booking.)
- Payment may be made by bank transfer, or by cash at your previous week’s class. For bank transfers, please contact Jane to request her bank details.
- To enable us to manage class numbers, booked classes may only be changed to a different week, if a week or more notice is given.
- If less than a week’s notice, we will endeavour to fit you in on a different class during that same week only subject to availability.
Pay on the day
- You may just turn up for a class without having booked and paid in advance.
- In this case, places are subject to availability on a first come first served basis, so it is best to arrive early, You can of course contact Jane beforehand to see how busy we are, but we can’t guarantee your place.
- Please note that telling us you are coming to a class does not guarantee your place, unless you have paid in advance.
Please also see our full Terms and Conditions for payments and class availability.
Please contact Jane to let her know if you would like to come to a class, to check latest availability, and so Jane has a better idea of expected numbers. Please also feel free to contact Jane regarding any questions or concerns you may have.
Jane will then give you the option to either book (guarantee) your place by paying in advance, or you may simply just turn up on the day. Please remember that places are subject to available space if you have not paid for your class in advance, but Jane will let you know whether advance booking is advisable.
Safety and Health Screening
Everyone will be asked to complete a health screening form prior to attending their first class. This enables us to ensure it is safe for you to exercise, and to account for any particular health issues you may have. It is also an insurance requirement. A verbal screening will also be carried out each week to check there are no changes to your health.
If you do have any changes to your health status, please inform Jane before your class. (Some medical conditions, injuries and illnesses and may require you to visit your doctor before starting or continuing with exercise.)
The quickest and easiest way to complete your health screening is by using our Secure Online Screening Form. Or you may download a paper copy to complete in advance and bring with you to your first class.
What to Wear and Bring Along
Please wear comfortable exercise clothing. You don’t need trainers and will be doing the class in bare feet or socks depending on the temperature. Please also bring along a mat, towel (for neck support if needed) and a water bottle, which you can fill at the venue (we want to encourage everyone to drink plenty of water).
Mats are available to use if you don’t have your own, but for your own hygiene (as well as to practice at home), we do encourage participants to purchase their own. We have high quality 6 mm Pilates Mats for sale in their own carry case available for purchase in a variety of colours. All other equipment (blocks, bands, soft balls and trigger point balls) is provided, although we also have this equipment for sale if you wish to purchase your own items. Visit our Shop for all Pilates products for sale.
The sound of mobile phones ringing or other notification noises can be very distracting for people during classes, and reduce enjoyment for all. We therefore ask that if you do bring your mobile phone with you, you respect our other participants and ensure it is on ‘Silent’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for the duration of the class.
A bit Nervous or Unsure?
We completely understand that starting exercise classes can be daunting for some, but you really don’t need to worry. Jane Mackenzie is Kent’s most experienced exercise professional and has been working in the health and fitness industry for 27 years, so rest assured you are in the safest of hands. Jane is highly qualified and fully insured. She is also a Level 3 Fitness Trainer and a qualified teacher (Cert. Ed. MA), and has trained many other instructors in gaining their own fitness qualifications. Jane is always very happy for you to give her a call or message and talk to her personally, if you wish.
Jane ensures that her Pilates classes are suitable for all participants, by providing different variations for each exercise, so you can work at a level suitable for you. Jane’s classes are not a competition, they are for you, and are designed to help you develop your fitness safely and progressively. Expect a relaxed, happy and informal environment, without any pressure on you to try anything you are not comfortable with.
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Your other Questions
Can I come to just one class to start with to ‘try you out’?
Yes, of course! You will be very welcome.
Do your classes run in a series as ‘courses’?
No, we run classes on an individual basis, so you are free to start and stop classes whenever you like, subject to availability of course.
Can I ‘chop and change’ between different classes each week?
Yes, you can come to whichever classes you like, whenever you like – subject to availability at the time of booking. If you know which classes you wish to attend in advance, please let Jane know at the time you make your payment. If you just want to swap to a different class one week, contact Jane and she will be happy to help if there is space.
I’m a complete beginner. How fit do I need to be to do Pilates with you?
All our classes are multi-level, meaning that we cater for all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced. With an experienced instructor such as Jane, Pilates is unique in its ability to do so. At every class, Jane will offer a range of variations for each exercise, so you can exercise as gently or as hard as you need to. If you are medically well enough to exercise, then Jane’s classes will be suitable for you, even if you are very unfit. Jane will always ensure you are working safely, but if you have specific health issues that you would like to discuss, please contact Jane.
I’m already very fit. Would I still benefit from practicing Pilates with you?
Yes – most definitely. Pilates is designed to correct postural problems, improve flexibility and balance, strengthen key core muscles, and address other muscle imbalances that can occur when we train or undertake our sports. By practicing Pilates regularly, you will perform better and reduce the risk of injuring yourself (especially your back) during your sports or activities, and you will also improve the way you look by becoming more poised and upright. Jane is uniquely qualified to help you in this respect, as not only is she a highly qualified Pilates instructor, but she is also a Level 3 Personal Fitness Trainer and has instructed in many sporting disciplines. You will be surprised at how challenging some Pilates exercises can be, if you choose to try Jane’s more advanced variations.
Do you have any age restrictions?
Older children under 16 may attend classes only if accompanied by a parent or guardian, and provided they are old enough to follow and participate in the exercises without disrupting our other participants. There is no maximum age, and we currently have several people in their eighties enjoying Pialtes with us, although suitability to attend classes will depend on your personal functional ability. Please contact Jane to discuss if you have any concerns.
Do you run any classes for men only?
We only run mixed classes open to all genders. To understand why, please read Jane’s article.
I am a wheelchair user. Can I still do Pilates with you?
Most of our venues have wheelchair access and disabled parking and toilets. We fully embrace Equality and Diversity, and will make every effort to ensure you can enjoy Pilates with us. Jane is fully qualified in working with disabled clients, and in chair-based exercise, and in most cases will be able to offer you seated exercise variations. Clearly, your personal level of functional ability will ultimately dictate whether Pilates is an appropriate form of exercise for you, so please contact Jane to discuss your requirements.
Prefer not to attend a group class?
Unable to or prefer not to attend group classes? Do you have complex health issues? Do you require rehabilitation after orthopedic or other surgery?