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-- Most Frequent Questions --


What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates mainly concentrates on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Also, Pilates is a valuable tool for increasing strength, definition and proper posture. Yoga aims to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit. Yoga is often considered therapeutic, when compared to Pilates, as it helps people find harmony and release stress. Yoga has many different styles, but all are generally performed in a group setting on a yoga mat with the aid of a yoga instructor. Pilates has a full component of matwork, but it also incorporates work on Pilates machines which help build a longer, leaner, dancer-like physique.

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates is famous for creating long, lean, fit bodies. There are many ways that doing Pilates supports weight loss and a trimmer appearance:

  • Exercise burns calories. How many calories you burn depends on your body type and your level of exertion.
  • Creating lean muscle mass, as Pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
  • Pilates tones and shapes the body.
  • One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to have beautiful posture. Pilates creates a leaner look by emphasising both length and good alignment.
  • Pilates promotes deep and efficient respiration, which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration.
  • Engaging in an exercise program, like Pilates, promotes self-esteem and heightened lifestyle consciousness.

Both are associated with weight loss. Pilates is an enlivening workout that can help sustain energy levels throughout your day. However, it is not usually done as aerobic exercise. Therefore, some people enjoy combining Pilates with aerobic/cardio exercise in order to maximize their weight loss.

Do I have to be in shape to do Pilates?

No! Anyone can start Pilates and any level. It will be catered to meet you where you are. In fact, we like it when clients find us and are just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then we can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.

What’s the difference between working out on the equipment and the Pilates Mat classes?

Mat classes really focus on core work and require you to support your body and are very challenging. Pilates equipment gives you a frame to work within that is often more helpful than mat but can be more challenging when springs are added or taken away. Working on the equipment can also target and tone specific areas of your body very efficiently.

What is involved in the Initial Private session?

Is it just a consultation or am I going to get a workout?

It is a consultation with a Private Pilates Instructor and also a workout. During the session the instructor will assess your specific body needs and personal goals and begin to teach you the fundamentals of Pilates. Because it is new, you will be working slowly and it is a great challenge. You’re going to love it and your instructor will recommend what the next step is for you such as more private sessions, mat classes or group reformer, etc.

Which is a better workout, Mat or Reformer?

Both are fantastic workouts and complement each other. Mat is challenging because you are on your own and have to control and challenge your body with just that, your body and mind. Reformer is a great workout because you have the machine to support you and also the added weight with springs to really work on specific areas of your body and challenge it. People like them for different reasons and it is a personal choice. Doing both is the traditional way of practicing Pilates.

How often should I do Pilates each week?

The ideal practice of Pilates is 3 times per week. However, you need to take into consideration – time, finances, stress level and burning out. We suggest starting with one session (100% more than you are doing now!) and adding more sessions when you can. You can also try a Mat or Group Reformer class, providing you are approved to do so. You will see results quickly if you do more sessions each week.

Can I take mat classes instead of an Initial Private session if I’ve done Pilates before?

We recommend doing the Initial Private even if you have done Pilates before so you can brush up on your Pilates, get a great deal and do a Private with a teacher who will guide you to the right class for your level.

Why is there a 48 hour cancellation policy? What if I get sick or have an emergency?

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy because we are a professional studio and our teachers reserve the time and keep it available for each client. They are booked by the hour in each shift. 48 hours allows the studio and teacher to book another client and fill that void. We know that unforeseen emergencies come up. However, traffic, work and being under the weather are cancellations so please always cancel ahead of time if you foresee that happening.

How long before I see changes in my body?

In less than one month you will feel a difference and hopefully even see one. Everyone responds differently but wonderful changed will happen if you commit to doing Pilates every week! “10 sessions- Feel the difference. 20 sessions- See the difference. 30 sessions- Have a new body!” -Joseph Pilates.

Is Pilates only focused on the core?

Everything you do in Pilates is supported from the core (transverse abdominals, pelvic floor, spinal muscles and diaphragm make up the core). Pilates also focuses on breath, balance, flexibility, coordination, control, stamina, toning, posture and overall health.

I want 6 pack abs. Will Pilates help me achieve that?

Pilates will do that and much more by creating a balanced approach to core strengthening that will tone your abdominal muscles and cinch in your waist.

Do you have a lot of male clients? Do they take the group classes (reformer and mat)?

Yes we have a growing number of male clients. And they take all of our classes!

I recently had surgery. Can I take Pilates?

Yes, depending on what type of surgery. We do require a medical release from your doctor and then an instructor will work with you to begin strengthening and getting back to your best self.


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    Pilates Principles




    Before any outer movement, we aim to initiate our movement from the Centre. This takes a little time and practice initially to engage the core muscles of the pelvis, abdominals and back, just enough to support the movement but without creating undue tension. This internal effort is unique to the Pilates method and is the secret behind the flat stomach, defined waistline and beautiful posture, which can be the by-product of regular Pilates practice.




    Pilates breathing or “thoracic breathing.” means breathing into the back and sides of the ribcage in an effort to improve our lung capacity and breathing efficiency. This enables the abdominals to remain engaged to support the spine and pelvis throughout movement. The rhythm of breath flows naturally, as you prepare for movement on the inhalation and make the movement on the exhalation. Although feeling challenging to start with, with a little practice many clients find this is one of the key elements contributing to their sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation after class.




    Pilates movement should be fluid and controlled without jerkiness or unwanted tension. Joseph Pilates original matwork sequence was a continuous flowing series of exercises aimed at conditioning the body in a holistic way. Contemporary Pilates teaching often enables this original series of exercises to be modified and adapted to suit different client needs and levels of ability. However the essence of flowing movement is still one of the fundamental Pilates principles, as relaxed effort is a state which enables the mind and body to work in harmony.




    By taking time to focus on our body during Pilates classes, rather than taking it for granted, we use a variety of cues to help us move in a way that is more beneficial to our body’s natural needs. Eventually this internal focus becomes second nature and our body just knows a better way to move.




    Each movement of each Pilates exercise requires complete control of your body by your mind. There should be no sudden, meaningless, or haphazard movements during your Pilates workout, it is a mind body connection. This is why the Pilates method is such a safe exercise regimen. Exercise without awareness and control can lead to injury.




    Each exercise in the Pilates method has a purpose and a goal. Therefore, as you approach each exercise precision is required to execute the exercise as perfectly as possible and retrain damaging movement patterns.  As Joseph Pilates used to say “honour every movement”.  Most of the exercises in Pilates are very low repetition, thus you must focus on doing a few precise perfect repetitions.

    The Equipment Explained




    The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform/carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs which provide differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks that keep a practitioner from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.

    The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and for differing levels of skill making it very vesitile. The reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.




    This is the ultimate in adding a gravity challenge to your workout. As a piece of equipment it looks pretty intimidating – it is about 6 feet tall. When folks first see it they often laugh uncomfortably and joke that it looks like a medieval torture device. You can isolate almost every muscle group on the machine, it is an excellent tool for breaking down motion into small pieces to restore correct motion patterns.


    Stability Chair 


    The Pilates chair is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, like a large pedal. Sometimes the pedal portion is divided into two parts that can be worked independently. Though the basic design is simple, there are a myriad of exercises that can be performed on the Pilates chair. It is excellent for strengthening the core muscles, of course, and also the arms and legs. Exercises are done lying, sitting, and standing on the chair, as well as from positions to the sides of the chair. One can expect a lot of stability and flexibility work on the chair.


    Ladder Barrel 


    Each has a rounded barrel-like surface that helps isolate deep postural muscles and challenges the body on all planes of movement. As the name suggests the Pilates Ladder Barrel consists of ladder-like rungs and rounded barrel-like surface on which a multitude of stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises can be performed. The ladder rungs – four to six in total – are also adjustable to facilitate varying levels of fitness. As we advance in age, the muscles keep on weakening. This causes our spine to lose its natural curve. The Pilates Barrel strengthens the abdominal, back and shoulder muscles to keep the spine strong and supple. The chest opens up, shoulders straighten, and the hump back (if any) can disappear.