What do I wear? Do I need to bring any props?
Please wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and that your instructor will be able to see your body moving in. Please note that when wearing shorts, it is a good idea to wear form fitting shorts under loose shorts. Classes are performed with socks on. Spin classes require either sneakers or clip –in spin shoes. All classes will have props provided for you, including mats. If you need a towel please bring one. Please bring or buy water for your sessions.
If I have an injury, can I still participate in Pilates?
Overall, yes! Our instructors are trained to work with all types of physical issues and injuries. We believe that working around the issue and training the rest of the body will actually help balance the body and strengthen the surrounding muscles to heal the presenting issue. We ask that clients tell their instructor at the beginning of each session what their injury/ diagnosis is. If an injury is acute, we may ask the client for a medical professional’s clearance for exercise.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates has numerous benefits with the ultimate benefit being improved overall health and wellbeing. Some specific benefits: increased flexibility, muscles strength and tone, better posture, core strength, pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, focus and clarity are improved, breath stamina, weight loss/ inches lost.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
While both exercise regimens are on the mind/body spectrum, pilates and yoga vary quite significantly. In Pilates, the body is in fluid, flowing motion throughout the whole session. Movements happen with the breath and there is very little static holding of poses. Classes are only 55 minutes long as opposed to traditional yoga classes which are approx.. 90 minutes long. There is a mind/ body component in that we stress focus and concentration, and some clients feel that there is a form of ‘meditation within the movement’ but, unlike yoga, there is never a formal meditation period and instructors do not delve into the more meditative aspects of yoga philosophy.
What is Power Pilates?
Power Pilates is a style of Pilates that originated in NYC and has representatives worldwide. It is a Classical, Systematic, Integrative approach to Pilates education and client experience. This means that it is Classical – it is based on the integrity of the work the way Joseph Pilates taught it and meant for it to be carried forth. It is Systematic – Instructors are taught a routine that allows them to successfully teach a brand new beginner student and move them through Intermediate to Advanced repertoire as they see the client reaching particular milestones of achievement throughout the routine. It is Integrative in that our approach to education includes teaching new instructors to use all pieces of apparatus in the Pilates repertoire. Students will learn, at a minimum, 4 different pieces of apparatus from their very first session.
Is Pilates used in all of the different classes?
Our studio has branched out to offer classes that are not Pilates. So, our spin and barre do not perform typical Pilates exercises, however, the components of Pilates philosophy—of core strength, posture, and proper movement form are indeed stressed during all classes.
Why Pilates? And how often?
Ideally we say that doing pilates at least 2-3 days a week is great. You can actually perform Pilates exercises everyday — that is what Joe Pilates wanted us to do. The goal of Pilates is muscle strength and stamina, lengthening of muscles and not bulking/ building of muscles with heavy load. It is a form of body conditioning that is actually like a form of preventive medicine. It assists with flexibility and aims towards better posture.
So, if you are able to do a couple of private sessions a week, fantastic!! If that doesn’t work for you, maybe a couple of mat classes. Or maybe you need some cardio work in there too and you can do a spin or barre class and then a Pilates class the next day.