FAQ

WHO CAN PRACTICE PILATES?

Anyone can do Pilates. Really! Pilates is challenging, safe and appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Whether your objective is to prevent injury, to enhance athletic performance, to increase strength and flexibility or to simply move through life without pain, the method is a great fit for everyone. As comprehensively trained instructors, we know how to teach to the individual and can help you reach your goals.

MAT WORK VS EQUIPMENT WORK?

While equipment work is often presumed more challenging, authentic Pilates mat work is actually the most advanced because it’s so difficult to do correctly. Mat work is done using your own bodyweight as resistance. Joseph Pilates created the original mat exercise sequence and invented equipment to help build the requisite strength to perform on the mat. The equipment is spring-loaded, providing resistance to not only strengthen, but also support controlled movement and proper body alignment.

PILATES FOR WEIGHT LOSS?

Pilates is a form of resistance training and consistent practice can certainly enhance any well-rounded weight loss plan that incorporates nutrition and cardiovascular exercise.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Call the studio or sign up online for our Beginner Pilates Package, a discounted package of 3 private sessions for the beginner Pilates student. The 3 sessions will provide a foundation in the Pilates philosophy of movement, along with an introduction to the equipment, basic beginner exercises and form.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING TO MY PILATES SESSION?

Wear comfortable exercise clothing and nothing too loose, as we need to see your movement patterns and correct form. For hygiene purposes, please wear socks during your sessions. Grippy Pilates socks are also available for purchase at the studio.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Visa, MC, Amex, Discover, Check, and CASH

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Thank you for respecting our 24 hour cancellation policy for all class sessions and appointments. Late cancellations under 24 hours will be charged the full price of the session.

WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND AN APPOINTMENT TIME THAT WORKS FOR ME ONLINE?

Call or email the studio with appointment availability concerns. We will be happy to help find a session time that works for you.

HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT INSTRUCTOR FOR ME?

We encourage you to do private sessions with a few different instructors to find the right fit. We each have our own unique teaching styles, personalities, and training. If you are lucky enough to find a good fit with several of us, you can develop quite a well rounded practice.

HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE PILATES?

We recommend 1-3 times a week, depending on your schedule and goals. Once your body is conditioned to the work, Pilates is safe to do every day, but we think balance in all things is important. Trying to fill your off days with cardiovascular exercise or other activities you enjoy will create a nice balance.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice predating written history that focuses the body, mind and spirit. The yoga lifestyle upholds more than just a healthy physical lifestyle by embracing good moral values such as honesty and tolerance. Its intention was to join the individual spirit with the universal spirit. Pilates is a modern school of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s as a way to improve core strength and spinal alignment. Pilates combines flexibility, core strength and body awareness to support physical rehabilitation. Unlike yoga, Pilates does not include any intentional form of mediation during the workout.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN INJURY?

At your first visit we will have you complete a brief medical history form and waiver so we can learn more about your needs. Pilates is safe exercise, and we are cautious and careful in our approach. We are accustomed to working with clients who have back, knee, and shoulder injuries, for example, and we see many clients with spinal abnormalities, such as scoliosis, since Pilates works to restore alignment and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. If you are concerned about your ability to exercise, be sure to ask your doctor before starting a new exercise regime.

WHERE TO PARK?

The studio entrance is on the alley side of Weston Place. We have 5 designated parking spots directly in front of and to the left of the building. There is also ample street parking along nearby El Rito and Del Valle, without restriction.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I STRETCH?

Daily limbering is recommended, but the deep therapeutic stretches we do in our Stretch Therapy class are recommended no more often than every 4 to 5 days. We talk a lot in class about what we call The Daily 5. These are 4 spinal movements and one deep glute stretch that are recommended daily.

What Can I Expect During My Session at The Pilates Studio?

Expect to work, and with that said, be prepared to work to a level that is suitably challenging for you. In this manner, you will build a solid foundation from which you can continuously improve. Every exercise in the Pilates repertoire trains the body as a whole. We believe in the authentic work — REAL Pilates — as the source for achieving the associated benefits of strength, stretch, control, fluid movement and proper alignment.

What Kind of Training Do Your Teachers Have?

All of our teachers have completed comprehensive training programs approved by the PMA registry of schools. For Pilates, comprehensive teacher training requires a minimum of 450 hours. Many teachers also go on to complete advanced education in order to enhance their knowledge and skills. For more information on credentials, please see our bios on the About Us page.

What If I Need To Cancel Or Reschedule My Session?

We require all cancellations and schedule changes to be made at least 24 hours in advance or the full price of the session will be charged.