Questions we're asked:
How will doing regular Pilates benefit me?
Teachers of Pilates look at the body as a whole, integrated and moving system. Often as a result of simply living in our bodies and exacerbated by postural, lifestyle and other habits, most of us have imbalances which over time can lead to pain, tension and less than optimal movement patterns.
Using the breath as a point of connection, Pilates encourages putting the 'mind in the body' in order to bring awareness to and then correct these inefficient patterns. Learning to work the body as an interconnected system requires focus, concentration and repetition, and clients often leave their sessions feeling refreshed and invigorated.
What other benefits from practicing Pilates regularly might I see?
Increased awareness of and connection to your body
Improved posture, agility and coordination
Relief from chronic neck and back pain
Exercising in a way that is low impact and easy on the joints
Enhanced performance in athletic activities
Decreased tension and stress
Increased lung capacity and circulation
A greater sense of ease in daily activities of living
How often should I practice Pilates?
Repetition is the key to creating lasting change in the body, and it is recommended that clients train at least twice a week in order to achieve maximum benefits. As we are committed to helping you make desired change, discounted training fees are offered if this is an option for you.
What is a "reformer"?
While a rather intimidating name, the reformer is the main piece of equipment originally designed by Joseph Pilates. It consists of a platform that glides back and forth on rollers and utilizes both springs and the client’s body weight to provide resistance. Attachments to the reformer provide for a wide variety of resistance-based exercises in all planes of movement and body positions (i.e. laying down, seated & standing).
What does it mean to work the core?
While Pilates has come to be known as a 'mind-body' discipline similar to yoga, it is primarily a highly physical and challenging system of exercises. Virtually all have as a starting point the concept of "working from the core". In the Pilates environment this means developing a solid understanding in the body of how to recruit the stabilizing musculature where necessary (transversus, multifidus, diaphragm and pelvic floor) as the foundation for building increasingly challenging and complex movements.
As clients learn how to balance and utilize both the core and postural muscles efficiently, the more globally acting "power" muscles can begin to release what can often be compressive forces on the spine and other joints. Focusing on quality versus quantity of movement, Pilates-based exercise gradually balances flexibility with strength, encouraging properly aligned and functional joints. Workouts are simultaneously dynamic and progressive, with new challenges added as clients are able to master the movement effectively.
How are private sessions beneficial?
Private Pilates sessions are the most effective way to meet the unique needs and abilities of each client, and are often useful if you are working with specific challenges in your body (eg., physical pain, scoliosis). In this case I will work with you to design a program that both challenges and supports you in meeting your individual goals.
Will Pilates help me to lose weight?
While not directly associated with weight loss, Pilates helps to tone and strengthen the entire body, contributing to a longer leaner look.