We get a lot of questions about Pilates so to help you gain a better understanding please see the following frequently asked questions. If you still have queries about any of our services or how Pilates or Physiotherapy can help you please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have never done Pilates before then you may like to consider one of our kick-start packages for beginners. These packages are designed for complete beginners and they take you through the necessary steps to be comfortable with Pilates while teaching you how to observe correct technique.
If you have an old injury then Pilates may be a great form of exercise to prevent your injury from returning. Before you start the class or private session you should inform the instructor of any injuries so that they can make modifications to the exercises if necessary. If you are concerned about your injury then you may consider starting with a one-on-one session first. The Instructor will be able to assess you on an individual basis and give you exercises to improve your injury area.
If you are in a lot of pain then you may like to consider having an initial consultation with one of our Physiotherapists first. They will be able to determine if you are suitable for group classes or one one one sessions.
As a general rule you should practice Pilates two to three times a week to see effective results. Your body will be more responsive to the exercises if you attend regularly. However, if you can only manage one session a week your body will still benefit from the exercises with increased muscle strength, flexibility, posture and balance.
Everyone progresses differently depending on their level of fitness and what other activities they participate in. As Joseph Pilates said “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” This only applies if you practice Pilates on a regular basis.
Pilates is not commonly considered a cardiovascular workout to burn calories. Pilates exercises will however help you to build muscle mass increasing your metabolic rate which helps to burn calories. The main benefits of Pilates include improved posture, increased muscle strength, increased flexibility and mobility and body balance. For an effective fitness regime for weight loss Pilates should be accompanied by some form of cardio activity like running, swimming or walking along with a balanced diet.
Pilates is an exercises designed to work the whole body, toning and strengthening all groups of muscles. Pilates isn't considered a life philosophy like Yoga however it is a series of exercises designed to improve the strength of your core muscles to improve posture and increase the range of movement in your body. Pilates is considered very beneficial for rehabilitation purposes and it focuses on flexibility of joints including the spine and building core strength.
Yoga is considered to be a life philosophy combining ethical and spiritual values as well as a series of poses which are beneficial to the body and building a mind-body connection. Yoga also includes meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques.
Yoga exercises are typically static poses that a held for a period of time, depending on the style of yoga. The holding of these positions and the movement between the poses provide stimulation to muscles. Where as Pilates is a series of movements, which are not static and require repetition and fluid movement.
If you have serious chronic back pain then it is best to see a Physiotherapist before you start Pilates. This will ensure that Pilates won't inflame your injury. If you have a few aches and pains in your back then Pilates will be a great exercise to improve the strength, mobility and flexibility in your spine. If you have any pain it is best to advise the instructor before your class or one-on-one session.
Reformer classes use a series of springs and pulleys to help you achieve fluid movements with correct technique. The pulley system allows you to move the carriage and work your muscles dynamically. The tower is a series of springs with different weights which provide resistance for exercises. The tower also has a mat at the base, which means that small equipment based exercises such as Pilates circle, and the foam roller can be utilised in classes.Find out about all of our group classes.
Yes you can come for a trial class to see if you like Pilates before signing up. We have trial classes every week at both of our studios so that you can try Pilates on the reformer (Pilates machine). Trial sessions give you an overview of Pilates on the reformer and last for 45min. The costs of a trial session will be $25 and need to be booked in advance by calling the studio.
You should wear comfortable exercises clothes that let your body achieve full range of motion. Ladies should wear either ¾ or long pants and a singlet or t-shirt and men should wear shorts and a t-shirt. No footwear is needed to practice Pilates however if you wish you may wear socks with grip on the bottom.
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