Thanks for that mckenzie, I really am hoping that i have the same experience as you with pilates.
Strangely, my back is already a hundred times better than a week ago and i am only on the tablets for nerve pain now (my major problem this time was horrible sciatic pain). But i still need to see the physio and get a plan of action to strengthen my back to prevent this cycle of injury and partial recovery from continuing, don't i?
I also have a 'dicky' back (love that description) and I did just 1-2-1 sessions with the pistes instructor to start with then once I'd improved my techniques and my back had got stronger i switched to classes (max 5 in each class so no problem about doing something wrong and being overlooked). I am definitely better since starting pilates and i can now run and cycle too, as long as I continue with the pilates. My pilates teacher also spoke to the osteopath so that she had a specific understanding about my issues which has been really helpful. Good luck, I love pilates now almost as much as running. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration but i do enjoy it.
Prettybird, i could certainly get to glasgow or stirling, if not for regular classes then for one off sessions to get me going in the right direction, she sounds ideal. I'll google to find her details, thanks so much
Depending on where you are in Central Scotland I would heartily recommend Louise Stearn.
She doesn't let you start in her classes until you've had a 1:1 session with her (maybe a couple). I know that she's very careful about people you've got back problems and will either mention that a particular exercise will be strengthening or suggest an alternative.
The private lessons are very hands on, to make sure she knows you - and that you know what you need to be doing. She has an amazing ability to remember what everyone's individual "issues" are.
She runs classes in Glasgow on Thursdays, Balfron on Monday and Wednesday evenings. She does 1:1s I think on Tuesdays in Glasgow and has recently also started working at the Coney Hill Studio in Bridge of Allan (not sure what day). I think she also does a class in Stirling but not sure where.
Cost is £10/class (classes last about an hour and a quarter) and there are (the one I go to) about 12 in the class.
Not sure how much the 1:1s are: I think about £40.
I am in the south east and it is £40 with my instructor. I then was able to join her class. Its definitely helped me get stronger - though I haven't got a bad back. See if there are any private classes near by. As I had private lessons beforehand my teacher knew what I needed to do in the group classes.
I have had a dicky back for a couple of years now and following my latest flare up i am wondering if this might be the way to go?
I am currently on various meds and am being referred to a physio but following that i would like to get a few private pilates lessons. I have done classes at my gym but there are too many people to really know if you are doing it correctly iykwim.
Anyone got any idea about costs (am in central Scotland) and if it will help my back recover and stay recovered!