WHAT IS PILATES?
The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breathe. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed as a mat class or on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE INITIAL PRIVATE SESSION? IS IT JUST A CONSULTATION OR AM I GOING TO GET A WORKOUT?
It is a consultation with a Private Pilates Instructor and also a workout. During the session the instructor will assess your specific body needs and personal goals and begin to teach you the fundamentals of Pilates. Because it is new, you will be working slowly and it is a great challenge. You’re going to love it and your instructor will recommend what the next step is for you such as more privates, mat classes or group reformer, etc.
WHO IS A GOOD TEACHER? WHO HAS THE MOST PILATES EXPERIENCE?
All our teachers are highly qualified Pilates instructors and have been teaching different lengths of time. We only hire the best! Each teacher has a distinct style and personality and our goal is to help you connect with your teacher and be inspired to move. We promise to work hard in making that happen.
DO I HAVE TO BE IN SHAPE TO DO PILATES?
No! Anyone can start Pilates and any level. It will be catered to meet you where you are. In fact, we like when clients find us and are just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then we can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES EACH WEEK?
The ideal practice of Pilates is 3 times per week. However, you need to take into consideration – time, finances, stress level and burning out. We suggest starting with one session (100% more than you are doing now!) and adding more sessions when you can. You can also try the Group Reformer class, providing you are approved to do so. You will see results quickly if you do more sessions each week.
WHY IS THERE A 24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? WHAT IF I GET SICK OR HAVE AN EMERGENCY?
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy because we are a professional studio and our teachers reserve the time and keep it available for each client. They are booked by the hour in each shift. 24 hours allows the studio and teacher to book another client and fill that void. However, we know that unforeseen emergencies come up and it will be based on case-by-case basis. We seek your understanding in this matter.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO TAKE PILATES FOR ME TO SEE CHANGES IN MY BODY?
In less than one month you will feel and hopefully even visually see a difference. Everyone responds differently but wonderful changes will happen if you commit to doing Pilates every week! It is also depending on the type of goals and needs your body needs at the point of time.
I RECENTLY HAD SURGERY. CAN I TAKE PILATES?
Yes, depending on what type of surgery. We do require a medical release from your doctor. Once you have received clearance, an instructor will then be able to work with you to begin strengthening and getting you back to your best self!
I’M PREGNANT, CAN I TAKE GROUP CLASSES? WHICH ONES ARE SAFE FOR ME TO TAKE?
We recommend you take private lessons when you are pregnant. Your body is going through so many changes and many adjustments will have to be made that only a private session can allow for. If you are a current client you can continue with your current Pilates schedule (classes and privates) through the 1st trimester (3-4 months). Then you will need to have the instructors approval to continue in a group class after 4 months. But private lessons are highly recommended for safety and personalisation reasons.