Pilates Holiday -Everything you need to know

Are you thinking of going on a Pilates Holiday but have no idea what to expect or how to prepare? You’re at the right place. Find out how to make the most of your break with Reformer Retreats guide covering everything you need to know. 

The first thing we are going to cover in this article is the fundamental principles of Pilates. Such as, where it all began and the benefits of Pilates for your health and wellbeing. Next we will cover what to expect at one of Reformer Retreats Pilates Holidays including an example of one of our upcoming Pilates Weekends itineraries 

Fundamental Principles of Pilates

Pilates was developed in the first half of the twentieth century by Joseph Pilates. It was developed with a mixture of equipment and mat work movements designed to enhance stretching, advance strengthening and improve body alignment. In 1925 Joseph Pilates founded a studio in New York with his wife and taught students well into the 1960’s. The first modern book on Pilates was published and outlined the ‘six main principles of Pilates’. These principles are:

  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centring
  • Flow
  • Precision
  • Breathing

These fundamental principles of Pilates are crucial to achieving the best results. They highlight the importance of focusing your entire body to ensure smooth and controlled movements. 

The benefits of a Pilates holiday

There are a range of benefits of participating in Pilates. A Pilates break can be even more advantageous because it provides you with the perfect environment to focus completely on Pilates without the distractions of day to day life. Here are some of the main benefits of a Reformer Retreats:

  • Relaxation and Stress relief
  • Improves mental health
  • Better posture
  • Increased flexibility 
  • Better balance
  • Improved breath

Pre Pilates holiday fitness

Before attending your Pilates break we suggest preparing your body so it is ready to adapt to the Pilates programme. There are a number of online beginners classes available, one we recommend is Pilates Works live online classes. This will allow you to get a good idea of some of the basic movements meaning you will be able to make the most of your Holiday experience. However, don’t feel alarmed if you don’t prepare because Reformer Retreats is led by Classical Pilates experts who will guide you through each movement. 

What to wear on Pilates Holiday

Another element you may be wondering about is what to wear. This can be a stressful part of any event. But don’t worry we’re here to help. Based on our itinerary for the weekend we suggest bringing appropriate Pilates clothing. By this we mean clothing that will allow full body movement and flexibility. Remember that anything too baggy or loose may actually hinder movement particularly when using equipment. There are other activities available on the Reformer Retreats Pilates weekend such as paddle boarding, spa treatments and 3 course meals. Therefore we suggest bringing swimwear and some evening attire in case you fancy dressing up for the meals. The key to the Pilates holiday is relaxing so definitely pack plenty of comfortable outfits too. 

We have now covered the fundamentals and benefits of Pilates, how to prepare and what to wear. You may be wondering what to actually expect. We’ve put together an example of some activities that Reformer Retreats provides

Pilates Holiday Itinerary 

Each and every Pilates retreat will provide you with their own bespoke itinerary. Reformer Retreats itinerary is unique in that it is jam packed with optional activities. We only use the best hotels in the most scenic locations. The next Pilates holiday we have lined up is 3 nights away based at a coastal hotel in the North West of England. This location is idyllic and perfect to relax and unwind. During the Pilates holiday you will be provided with a welcome cocktail or mocktail, 3 x 3 course dinners, 2 x plant based lunches and light refreshments throughout.

Here is a list of other things included in our Pilates Holiday itinerary: 

  • A pandemic proof essential pack including your own mat, band, socks and insulated water bottle
  • 2 x reformer workouts in groups of 6
  • 4 x classical Pilates mat workouts
  • 3 x sunset and sunrise meditations
  • Wellness talks on the menopause
  • Life coaching 
  • A facial or a back, neck shoulder massage
  • Stand Up Paddle boarding/SUP (optional and weather dependent)
  • 3 nights in a superior double room all to yourself - including breakfast
  • Plenty of down time to chill and enjoy the stunning seaside venue and stylish boutique hotel and the coastal and pier walks

The aim of all the activities we provide at Reformer Retreats as well as Pilates is to make you get the most out of your Pilates holiday. The combination of meditation sessions, wellness talks, paddle boarding, spa treatment and Pilates is to give you the best results. You can book onto our next retreat here.

Summary of what to expect on a Pilates Holiday

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what to expect during your Pilates holiday. Remember that each Pilates holiday is different, but ultimately you should expect some dedicated time to relax, unwind and pamper all whilst attending some amazing Pilates sessions. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.