Frequently asked questions

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates that works to correct imbalances in your muscular system. Simply put, it is the perfect combination of strength and stretch with control. The release of tension combined with strength building creates efficient movement within the body increasing range of motion and decreasing pain.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

The benefits of Pilates are many, including:

  • Better awareness and use of core
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Recovery from injury
  • Relief from back pain
  • Increased lung capacity through lateral breathing
  • Oxygenation of cells leads to repair of tissues and better health
  • Improved alignment and posture
  • Used to help with certain illnesses such as cancer

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

Pilates is different for a few reasons. It is a non-impact and safe workout for any body. During each exercise in your workout, the goal is to work the body as a whole, not just parts, integrating your limbs to your center. This takes good body awareness (which can be learned if you don’t have it). The precision in how you work is also a big difference in Pilates. We do not want you to run through the motions creating the picture of the exercise, we cue you to help you move from your deep stabilizing muscles first thus supporting the bones and joints correctly, creating new muscular patterns, not just relying on your old, existing patterns. 

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. Work at a pace that is suitable to help release or strengthen muscles around the problem area. Look at the whole body and try to notice what is not being supported and what is overworking. This is a tough skill, but can be taught with patience and persistence.

How often should I do Pilates?

Pilates is ongoing maintenance for your body and can be done on a daily basis. 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 the quality of the movement, not the quantity.

Who can do Pilates?

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

  • 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. For most, trying it only once will not give you the insight or ability to find the connections needed to make significant change.
  • Ensure you taking a class suited to your level. Even if you are a highly active person, take the time to experience a beginner level first so that you can build on a good foundation and understanding of the work.