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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to take 3 private sessions?

Duet and Circuit training are great ways to take Pilates with a friend at a great rate. However, it is important that I have a sense of your ability level and movement patterns and you are familiar with the equipment before starting one of these programs. The private sessions also give you an opportunity to privately ask questions, review medical history and review medications, etc that may effect your experience.

Why do you need to know my medical history?

Your medical history is important! Everyone practicing in this studio completes a Client Profile containing areas to note past surgeries, current challenges and a list of all medications you are taking. Also, by signing the Waiver you are acknowledging that you are cleared by a doctor to exercise. Certain conditions and medications require modifications to movement and exercise, if I don’t have all the info I can’t protect you properly. Your continued health and safety is my first priority!

Is there an age limit?

In short no. Pilates was created based in part on the observation of children and animals and their efficiency of movement. That said, for younger people the work is modified until approximately age 12 or until the growth plates are closed. There is no upper age limit provided you are cleared for exercise by your doctor. I have worked with people from age 10 to age 80+. Just so you know an 80 year old that never took Pilates or Yoga before his 80th birthday was one of my fastest improving students. Truly a star!

What do I wear?

Pants or capris that are somewhat fitted to allow the movement of the body to be observed are perfect. Shorts and workout skorts are not recommended due to the various planes of movement. Fitted or semi fitted shirts or tank tops are ideal for on top. The basic goal is to be able to move freely, but enable me to see hyper-extending elbows or bent knees or hula hips, to basically keep ya honest.

How often should I practice?

Daily exercise of some kind is ideal. Two to three sessions a week is recommended to see results. When starting a Pilates program private training is ideal for the individual attention. However, once you have a foundation you can combine private training, duet training, circuit classes and/or small group classes for a well rounded program that meets your continuing needs.

How long does it take to see results?

If you are taking the recommended two to three sessions per week, Joseph Pilates promise may apply to you. “After 10 sessions you’ll notice a difference, After 20 sessions others will notice, After 30 you’ll have a whole new body.” Joseph Pilates

Do I need to be fit to begin?

Regardless of your fitness level, a program will be designed to help you achieve your goals and improve your fitness level. The sooner your start the sooner you can see results and improvement mobility, flexibility and fitness.

Will I lose Weight?

Pilates, especially when starting out, is not a significant source of cardiovascular exercise. Pilates and Yoga when paired with walking, biking, running, or some other form of cardiovascular exercise can contribute to weight loss. Pilates and Yoga will help to sculpt your muscles, trim your body, and improve balance and increase flexibility.

How does a Mat class differ from an Apparatus Class?

In short, mat is the most challenging point of entry for Pilates. You are moving under your own power using just your body and maybe a roller or a circle or a strap (not traditional work). With the apparatus, the equipment provides a deeper level of feedback, through the straps or springs the work can be adjusted to be more assistive or more challenging and advanced as you progress. This feedback and deeper connection to the work can then be brought with you to your mat to inform the workout there.

Can I do Pilates and/or Yoga while pregnant?

If you had a Pilates or Yoga practice prior to becoming pregnant and you are cleared by your doctor to exercise, it is generally safe to practice with modifications as you progress through your pregnancy. As you should at all times, listen to your body and abide by what you hear. Pilates is phenomenal post partum work as well. As soon as your doctor clears you for exercise Pilates is a great way to get those abdominal and pelvic floor muscles back on track.

What is Restorative Yoga?

I teach a restorative yoga called Yapana. It is a form of restorative yoga created by LeeAnn Carey. In this form we teach traditional yoga poses using props (bolsters, straps, blocks, and blankets) to bring the pose to the student as opposed to trying to force the student into a place that may not be working today. I teach the skills of the practice and how to apply those skills to a pose. This differs a bit from a traditional flow class because it is not uncommon for us to stop and break down the mechanics of a pose to insure that everyone is feeling it and in good form. It is always a great learning and stretching experience.

What kind of workshops do you run?

Workshops are offered quarterly or on request if you have a group and a topic that you would like to cover. Typically a workshop will be 3 hours in duration and be made up of a short introduction to the topic and then hands on work where I’ll break down the topic and you will experience the work for yourself. Topics may include: Breaking Down the Downdog, Achieving Flight in Arm Balances, and Create a Personal Restorative Home Practice

Why I do what I do.

Habits are invisible. Movement just happens. You don't actively think about how to stand up and walk across a room. Right?? Unless a foot or knee or hip are not working as they should then it can be tough or downright painful.

The human body is an amazing instrument and everyone’s is different. Some people have long limbs and short torsos, some have long torsos and short limbs, some are lean and naturally muscular, others work hard to build strength and even harder to gain and maintain flexibility, while more still have such flexibility in their elbows, knees, shoulders and hips that the muscles need to work overtime to protect them from injury. Or more commonly learn how to recover.

Pilates and Yoga Therapy are tools I have used to rehab injuries for myself and post-rehab with my clients. I know what it is like to work through an injury. It is extremely rewarding to guide my clients on their path to strengthen, re-balance, and improve their overall functional fitness.

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