Frequently Asked Questions
What form of Pilates are you teaching?
I stay true to the authentic and original methods created by Joseph Pilates. I use the same original exercises without variation. The equipment in my studio is made by Gratz, the same manufacturer that still makes the same original equipment used by Joseph Pilates. I learned to teach from 2nd generation Pilates "teacher of teachers" who studied directly under Romana Kryzanowska who was the protégé of Joseph Pilates. I do not teach groups, only private one on one sessions, which gives the most benefit to my clients. One client at a time enables me to monitor form and body movement more closely.
There are many other types of Pilates instruction that have developed over the years since Joseph Pilates founded the training. These are often called "contemporary" Pilates and although some are called "classical" Pilates, they may have slight or major variations in exercises and the apparatus used. Some Pilates instruction is mat only, ie: without apparatus which is something I cannot endorse.
Who can participate in Pilates?
Pilates is appropriate for people of any age or fitness level and its unique approach to fitness allows entry at any level, from beginner to athlete, to set their goals and work on individual needs. Both men and women can benefit from Pilates and about 40% of my clients are male.
How often do you recommend a Pilates workout?
With any form of exercise, consistency is the most important thing. In the beginning your body is learning a lot of new information and your mind/body connection is being established. Two or three times a week is ideal, but once a week is beneficial.
How soon should I expect results?
Please tell me your goals before we start, I will endeavor to cultivate a customized program for your body needs. Dedicated and committed practice will yield the best results. Outcomes will vary by the individual, but you should notice a gradual difference with each session.
What results can I expect from doing Pilates?
You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, improved posture and overall strength, as well as a decrease in back pain and other general body pains. Many participants report a reshaping of the body, elongation of the waistline and upper thigh regions.
Will I lose weight from doing Pilates?
Pilates is designed to help you reshape your body and mind. Using different types of apparatus as well as the weight of your own body helps tone your muscles and elongate areas such as the waistline and upper thighs and arms. But a healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise is key to losing weight.
Will I be sore from my session?
That depends on your body awareness and fitness level. Pilates does not fatigue the muscles to exhaustion, rather it uses movement patterns, mental focus and muscle memory to build strength and awareness into the body. Pilates leaves you energized and while you may experience some soreness as your body experiences changes, you will not experience debilitating soreness.
Can I participate if I have back pain or other injuries?
Joseph Pilates originally designed this system of movement as a rehabilitation tool. Pilates develops strength, stability, balance, and symmetry to areas of the body that may have been misaligned due to an injury. If you have been recently injured or have a disc herniation, it is recommended that you first obtain a release from your physician. If you are managing a chronic illness, please be sure to note this on your client information form so I can ensure your regimen is appropriate and safe for you.
As a practicing massage therapist, I have been trained in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology and have taken a great deal of continuing education in clinical orthopedic therapy. This training has enhanced my knowledge of pain management and thus my ability to recognize and help with particular problems and injuries. Oftentimes I will incorporate stretching and massage in the workout to suit an individual's needs. Many times a Pilates session coupled with a massage therapy session can be a powerful tool in pain main management.
What do I wear?
Comfortable, form fitting exercise clothes are best so that your movement is free, but try not to wear clothing that is too loose fitting as it is important that I am able to observe your body during the workout. Toe socks with non skidding bottoms are preferred but you can also be barefoot.