I heard that Pilates is safe for back, neck, and knee injury, is this true?

A Yes, Pilates is a very safe and effective form of exercise for issues concerning the spine and degenerative joint disease.  We strengthen the muscles surrounding damaged areas, relieving chronic pain, improving instability, maintaining mobility, and quality of life.

Do I have to be young and fit to learn pilates?

No, Pilates is for everyone.  All ages, genders, body issues, body types and fitness levels are encouraged to practice Pilates.  Pilates is an overall body wellness program.

All of the advertisements I see for pilates, appear to be for women. Can men participate in a pilates program?

Absolutely! Joe Pilates a gymnast and boxer himself began developing his method of “Contrology” in a British internment camp during World War I by rigging a hospital bed so that ALL patients could still exercise while lying flat on their backs.

Can I participate in a Pilates program if I’m pregnant?

Research suggests that women with uncomplicated pregnancies should continue exercise at mild to moderate intensity levels to help offset some of the discomforts of pregnancy and to prepare for the birth ahead. Pilates no-impact regimen places special emphasis on restoring the spines natural curves and on improving stability and mobility in the lumbopelvic and shoulder girdles, all important factors during pregnancy and beyond.

Can I participate in a Pilates program after I give birth?

Yes, during pregnancy the abdominal muscles will stretch over 50% of their original length and Pilates can help restore the proper length, strength, and tone of these muscles. It is highly recommended to start or get back to a “postpartum” Pilates program as soon as you have clearance from your doctor.

Do I need experience on the mat before I learn the equipment?

No, mat work is not a prerequisite for the equipment. When working on the equipment you are working with resistance and assistance of the spring system, both increasing and decreasing the tension levels. On the mat you are working with your body weight only as resistance. Working on the equipment will bring your practice to a different level. The Reformer alone can add over 500 more exercises to your repertoire.

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Although Pilates is not considered cardio activity or calorie burning, studies conclude that when mat exercises are performed at intermediate to advanced levels, it can provide a moderate cardio stimulus similar to that provided by lower impact activities such as walking. Pilates assists in losing weight more on an emotional level. As you become more aware of your body, you begin to become more aware of what you put into it, resulting in better focus of your diet. As you begin to build lean muscle your metabolism will increase, burning more fat efficiently in your body.