What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates that work to correct any imbalances with your muscles so they can be structured on the skeleton the way they are meant to be. It is the perfect combination of strength, stretch and control. The release of tension combined with strength building creates efficient movement within the body increasing range of motion, decreasing pain.

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

The precision in how you work is the number one difference in Pilates. When you attend a private or group class, we do not want you to just run through the motions creating the picture of the exercise, we work to get you to find the work in order to move from your deep stabilizing muscles first thus supporting the bones and joints correctly, creating new muscular patterns, not just relying on your existing patterns. The Gratz equipment is key in assisting in making these connections within the body.

What is the best way to get started in Pilates?

We always recommend starting with at least one private, if not more. In a private, we teach the principles and fundamentals of the work. This way, you have a deeper understanding of what we are asking for once you are in a group setting. It also gives us a chance to focus on what your body needs, teaching you of any imbalances or patterns that are not feeding your body well and may be contributing to causing pain.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

The benefits are many:
● Increased lung capacity through lateral breathing
● Better awareness and use of core
● Increased strength and flexibility
● Oxygenation of cells leads to repair of tissues and better health
● Improved alignment and posture

Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?

Yes. As long as you are not in acute pain, Pilates is great as a rehabilitative tool. We work with you at a pace that is suitable to help release or strengthen muscles around the problem area.

How often should I do Pilates?

Pilates is meant to be done on a daily basis. It is ongoing maintenance for your body. We do not overwork any one part of the body to the point where it is completely fatigued. Pilates is a full body workout in each exercise if done correctly. We focus on quality of the movement, not the quantity.

Should I do mat work or apparatus work?

Pilates is built as a system of exercises where each piece of apparatus (mat, reformer, Cadillac, chair, etc.) feeds and supports the body in a different way helping you to make new connections thus making a change within your body. What you have a difficulty finding on one apparatus may be easier to find on a different apparatus.

What are the machines in Pilates?

We refer to the Pilates equipment as apparatus, not machines. Your body must move the equipment, not the equipment moving you. It is this approach that creates a deeper level of work within the body generating heat for the body.

Who can do Pilates?

Any body can do Pilates regardless of age or level of fitness. If you are thinking about starting your Pilates journey, please consider the following:

● Look for a highly qualified teacher – someone who has taken a certification with a minimum of 450 hours.

● Give it a decent try. There is a lot to take on when starting something new. Commit to 2-3 months of learning the method.

● Find a studio that you enjoy being in and look forward to going to. It should not be a chore.

● Try out different teachers. Each of us sees things differently and this will affect how you work in class.

● Ensure you are in a class suited to your level. Even if you are a highly active person, take the time to experience that beginner levels first so that you can build on a good foundation and understanding of the work. Alternately, do not hesitate in taking a private to begin.

Why is Pilates more expensive than the average exercise class?

A highly qualified teacher goes through an intense year long program with many hours lectures, practical work, practice teaching and observing. We are movement specialists rather than class instructors. This deeper level of training will help you make changes within the body. A good way to approach it is to think of the costs that you may incur from regular physio, chiro or massage treatments. While these certainly have their place and benefits, if your body is balanced correctly, you will decrease and possibly stop the need for these regular visits.

Is Pilates a cardiovascular workout?

While it is not at first, commitment to the method will become a cardio workout. It does take time to master the beginner work and to completely understand how you should be working within the body before you get to the pace where you achieve a cardio workout.

What should I bring/wear?

We ask clients to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable, workout wear. Nothing that is too baggy or bulky is good (no jeans). We also ask clients to wear socks in class for hygienic reasons. We sell ToeSox in the studio. These socks have grips on the bottom to keep you from feeling unstable during your workout.

Why do packages expire?

In order to get the maximum impact and work on truly changing habitual movement patterns in the body, correct movements must be practiced. Packages have an expiration to help you commit to your new practice in order for you to feel and see a change.