Frequently Asked Questions
1- What is Pilates?
Pilates is named after its German inventor, Joseph H. Pilates (pi-LAH-teez), a boxer and dancer who also studied yoga and Zen meditation. The technique encompasses more than 500 controlled, precise movements designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles without adding bulk.
The exercise requires concentration – working both body and mind. It focuses on “core” muscles – the abdomen, back and buttocks – together with deep, coordinated breathing. Correct posture and lower risk of injury are two benefits of the regimen. The Pilates system emphasizes musculo-skeletal balance, proper breathing and spinal alignment. This combines control of the abdominals, ease of movement and mental focus. Joseph Pilates’ focus was restoring the body to true balance.
Other than his equipment, Joseph H. Pilates also developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the torso. He based these methods on various exercise philosophies, including yoga and Chinese martial arts. Joseph Pilates truly believed that our physical and mental health is intertwined and he built his exercise program to sync with his philosophy.
2- How Will You Benefit from Pilates?
Doing Pilates regularly will change your body. Pilates is known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner appearance.
Pilates will not over-develop some parts and neglect others, while promoting strength, developing muscles, improving flexibility and increasing range of motion. Pilates aids athletes in need of rehabilitation and sports injury treatment.Pilates will also improve posture. Good posture comes from good alignment and strong core. It trains the body to express itself with strength and synchronization and increases energy through deep breathing. This raises oxygen levels in the body and acts as an anti-oxidant and refreshes skin.
3- 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 mat work, but it also incorporates work on Pilates machines which help build a longer, leaner, dancer-like physique.
4- Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Exercise burns calories. How many calories you burn depends on your body type and your level of exertion. Pilates helps create lean muscle mass and is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
Pilates tones and shapes the body and creates a leaner look by emphasizing both length and good alignment. It also promotes deep and efficient respiration, which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration. 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.
5- 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 when clients find us and are just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then we can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.
6- 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.