What are some of the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates has numerous benefits including improved posture and muscle tone, stronger abdominals and spinal muscles, increased flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Private sessions can also target and strengthen personal areas of weakness or vulnerabilities and develop more balanced musculature.
What should I expect on my first session?
Your teacher will guide you through some fundamental principles of alignment and breathing and get you moving through a variety of Mat and Reformer exercises. This gives you a light workout and an overall sense of the diversity of Pilates exercise. It also gives your teacher an idea of your level and your goals.
What do I wear to class?
Dress comfortably enough to move freely. Any variety of workout clothes is appropriate including loose-fitting (not too baggy) sweatsuits, shorts, t shirts etc. Shoes are not required as Pilates is done in socks or bare feet.
Is there studio etiquette I need to be aware of?
Please turn cell phones off when entering the studio. If arriving early, you are welcome to enter the studio and warm up - space permitting. Simply lying down on a mat and breathing deeply can be a great precursor to a workout.
How often should I do Pilates for it to be effective?
This varies depending on your goals as well as what other physical activities are involved in your week. However, 2-3 times per week is recommended. This could be a combination of private classes and work at home or group classes.
I practice yoga regularly and am very fit, do I still need to start with private sessions?
Yes. Although there is some overlap, Pilates is very specific and the more precise you can be with alignment the better. Also, all of our classes involve some equipment and you need to have a general working knowledge of the equipment before joining group classes.