Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It’s an approach in mind and body integration that focuses on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements and breathe. It works to enhance a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and heightened awareness. It is performed as a matt class or on specialized resistance equipment.

Pilates can develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.


What are the differences between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates is a unique and entirely independent exercise system designed by Joseph Pilates. It’s performed on specific pieces of equipment such as the Reformer, Chair and Cadillac as well as on the Mat. While Yoga participants learn to control their breathing while holding challenging physical postures, Pilates’ flowing movements will help strengthen the core, elongate muscles, increase joint flexibility and enable the rest of the body to function more efficiently.


Is Pilates good for runners, swimmers and cyclists?


When you include pilates into your fitness regime you are protecting yourself from the wear and tear of your sport. You are also balancing body asymmetries, improving posture and stability, increases efficiency of movement and reduces your risk for injury. Repetitive movement over time contributes to muscle imbalances. Pilates lengthens and strengthens muscles that are neglected while enjoying your sport. Creating stability helps avoid unwanted collapse of the hip and improves gait alignment in your body.

As well, focused breathing during Pilates training engages deep core muscles, stabilizes the spine, helps consciously coordinate the diaphragm and pelvic floor function allowing for greater support and oxygen intake. Greater, more efficient oxygen intake will boost your stamina and endurance. Join a class like Running + Reformer, or any of our other classes to experience the benefit Pilates can have on your sport. We are also happy to organize Reformer or Mat Pilates classes with your running, biking or swimming group separate from our current schedule of classes.


Can I take Pilates if I am recovering from an injury?

Yes, absolutely! Joseph Pilates originally designed his equipment and system to rehab patients during World War 1. It is often recommended to promote recovery from strains and injuries. An educated and individually- designed Program can help clients gain strength, control and flexibility, gradually through gentle and controlled exercises.


I’m not sure which class to join. What do you recommend?

We’re always very happy to welcome you to come and check out our studio, meet some of our awesome instructors and offer a complimentary demonstration. Just give us a call!


What if I don’t like the class I’ve chosen?

We understand that everyone is different and it might take a few classes to truly find your best fit. For this reason, your first class with us is always on the house.


What do I wear?

Be sure to wear clothing that you can move comfortably in. Keeping your clothing simple, casual and layered is your best bet. Baggy or loose-fitting clothing isn’t the best choice because you’ll be put into different positions that may reveal more skin that you’re comfortable with. Be sure to keep any large jewellery pieces at home, as they may interfere with your exercises.

Some of our classes require indoor running shoes however, in most classes you’ll be able to go barefoot. Give us a call and we can be sure that your attire will suit the class that you will be attending.


Why try Pilates?

Many of us walk around with pain and restrictions that we’ve come to accept as inevitable. We may not even realize that these limitations exist! Aging need not be about the degeneration of your lifestyle or movements. Our classes are designed to optimize your quality of life, body awareness or athletic performance. Pilates explores the deep sensations of true muscular length, it releases myofascial tension and stimulates smooth joint range of motion. Pilates alleviates pressure on nerves from muscle tightness by creating length in the nerve pathways as it realigns the body from its collapsed posture. Give it a try, open your running gait, relieve pain and enjoy the sensation of creating space within your body’s architecture!


Can ANYONE take Pilates?

Absolutely!

Increase circulation, lubricate your joints and improve your sense of mind- body harmony with any of our gentle Pilates-based classes. If you are looking for a more intense body challenge, check out some of our more advanced classes.

Our clients range in age from 10-86 years old. Each of our clients come to us with very different goals however, there’s a common thread that runs through them all, which is that they’re looking to improve their quality of life in some way.

The great thing about Pilates is that everything is and can be tailored to suit your specific needs, and fitness level, also taking any injuries or concerns into account. We also work very hard to ensure that our classes and programs truly are working for you, which is why we have a 6-person maximum in all of our classes.

The way we see it is that our clients receive a unique, specialized program at a discounted rate, in a positive, encouraging social atmosphere. What could be better than that?


How much does a class cost?

All of our pricing information can be found here.


Who teaches your classes?

Our team of instructors are all highly-specialized and certified in the classes they teach and first aid certified as well. To learn more about them click here. They’re awesome and are truly dedicated to working alongside you to improve your quality of life.


I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to do Pilates?

Yes, absolutely. We do recommend that you take private classes while pregnant. Your body is undergoing so many different changes, special adjustments will need to be made and we’ll want to be sure we’re supervising your movement diligently.

If you’re a current client, you can continue with your current Pilates schedule throughout your first trimester however, after that we’ll need to talk and determine a plan for the remainder of your pregnancy.


What is Nia?

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries.


What is Neuro-Activity for Everyday Living?


Neuro-Activity is about training your brain with respect to your balance, proprioceptive sensors, your motor neurons and your motor neurons’ communication vitality between brain and muscle.

With Pilates-based movements and a detailed focus on dynamically moving each joint correctly, you will quickly embrace your body’s ability to adapt and bring positive change!


What if I have Osteoarthritis?


Pilates encompasses movements that do not stress your joints, or add burden to the ligaments and cartilage that surround them. A gentle Pilates class is a perfect way to create space in your joints which will bring relief to stiffness and soreness. All movements stimulate blood flow which, in turn, delivers nutrients to muscles and tendons.

The Pilates principles that are especially beneficial for someone diagnosed with Osteoarthritis are the following:

  • Mental focus on specific movements and muscle control within your personal range.
  • Awareness of proper spin and joint positions.
  • Development of the deep back and abdominal muscles that support your posture.
  • Breathing techniques that support the structure of your movements.

Private and Duet Lessons are also available.


What is Osteoarthritis?


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that causes the cartilage to break down. Cartilage is a smooth, shiny material that lines the joints – allowing them to glide easily as you move. It is a type of resilient connective tissue that covers and protects the ends of bones in joints. Although Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, it most frequently affects the hips, knees, hands, feet, and spine.


Are the Reformer, EXO Chair and Tower classes purely Pilates?


The Reformer, EXO Chair and Tower classes include classic Pilates movements, as well as the ever-changing functional strength Pilates-based exercises.


Is the Reformer, Cadillac and EXO Chair used in the Small Apparatus class?


No, the items used in the Small Apparatus items include; the Pilates ball, rings and thera-bands etc.


Is a fitness assessment required before beginning my classes?


Sharing your health & fitness history with us is necessary so we can determine your fitness level, which is helpful in designing and modifying your program. We also have an opportunity to take you through some movement assessments before beginning a class. This is why we offer you a choice between a complimentary first class or a 30-minute private assessment.


Is there anything else I need to do before I start classes?


Yes, just let us know what day/times are most suited to your schedule and what you hope to gain from attending classes.