frequently asked questuions
Q1. I'm new to Pilates. What is the best way to start?
We recommend that you take private sessions first. This will allow you to really learn how the exercises should be performed as well as any modifications that might be needed for your body. If you choose to do group classes later, you will receive greater benefits from the exercises by knowing and applying the proper technique as well as any personal modifications needed to prevent possible injury. Please click here to see our intro private specials.
Q2. How often should I do Pilates?
Two to three times a week is ideal, but even once a week will be beneficial. The most important thing is consistency.
Q3. How soon can I expect to see results?
Joseph Pilates said, "In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body". Exact results may vary by individuals, but we are sure that you will notice the difference as you take more classes. If you tell us your specific goals in the beginning, we will be happy to assist you in achieving your goals. After all, we are in the business of changing bodies.
Q4. I'm Pregnant. Is Pilates good for me?
If you have been doing Pilates before your pregnancy, it is good to keep working with proper modifications privately (not in group classes). But if you are new to Pilates and you don't exercise regularly, we don't recommend that you start doing Pilates at this very sensitive time of your life. This means that we may not not be able to accommodate you, as your safety, health and well being are our primary focus.
Q5. I have a Disc Herniation in my lower back. Is Pilates OK for me to do?
Pilates can be a very good form of exercise for individuals who have disc herniations. First we would need to know which disc(s) are herniated and how they are herniating. This will aid us in choosing what protocal would be best suited to create a safe and effective workout. Private sessions are strongly recommended as creating a strong stable core and flexibility, especially above and below the herniation, can greatly help.
Q6. I'm a dancer. Will Pilates help my dance technique?
Yes, Pilates is all about control and stability. Dancer sometimes need to bring there bodies to extremes to create interesting lines and positions. Pilates will help give you support and strength to achieve those positions, as well as, aid dancers in learning effective muscle initiation, engagement and balance, while providing tools to help prevent injury. When Joseph Pilates had his studio in New York City, he treated a lot of ballet dancers from the famous New York City Ballet. The company's director, Mr. George Balanchine, was a strong believer in the Pilates method and sent many of his dancers and students to Joseph Pilates.
Q7. I want to be a certified Pilates instructor. What is the difference of your program from others?
Our program teaches only the Authentic Pilates™ method, the most true method to the way that Joseph Pilates wanted his method taught. It is the oldest program in the world with direct lineage to Joseph Pilates. The program is a 675 hour comprehensive program where all apparatus are taught as well as anatomy, biomechanics and contraindications. It is a very extensive program, and will provide you the skills necessary to be a successful teacher. Skills you will not get from a weekend Pilates Mat certification and less hour comprehensive programs. Many programs allow certification in only mat, or tower, or reformer, not realizing that Joseph Pilates intentionally created a system of client progression. Graduates from our program are some of the most recognized instructors in the world.
Q8. What kind of payment methods do you take?
We take Cash, Check, and Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover & American Express). Gift Certificates are also available. All payments for sessions and classes are non-refundable.