Frequently Asked Questions
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“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the wayyou walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”-Joseph H. Pilates
At Body Be Well Pilates we pride ourselves in offering superior service to our clients, and are eager to hear your questions, concerns and suggestions. We'll use your feedback to improve our service. Look through the list of questions below and hopefully you find what you are looking for. Click the question to find the answer. If you have a question that is not listed below send us e-mail and we will do our best to give you the best answer as soon as possible. In most instances, you should receive either a complete answer or an acknowledgment that we're researching your question within 24 hours.
WHAT IS PILATES?
The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breathe. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed as a mat class or on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.
Joe Pilates created this innovative approach to wellness that uniformly develops all the muscles in the body. Pilates not only strengthens the muscles that support your spine, it teaches proper movement, so that it becomes a natural part of your everyday life.
Instructors guide practitioners through a series of exercises that use the entire body so you achieve the maximum benefit without the mindless repetition. As your skill and strength increase, more challenging exercises are added and the tempo of the work speeds up.
Pilates offers you a body balancing system that leave you feeling toned, energized and refreshed and will benefit you with the following:
Uniformly develops all the muscles in your body
Improves balance and coordination
Strengthen, lengthens, and realigns your body
Decompresses spine and joints
Increases breathing capacity
Increases mental and physical stamina
Reduces chronic pain
WHY IS THERE A 24-HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY? WHAT IF I GET SICK OR HAVE AN EMERGENCY?
Your appointments are very important to the Body Be Well Pilates Team! Your appointments are reserved especially for you and your body! We understand that sometimes schedules adjustments are necessary; therefore, we respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. Please understand that when you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, we miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time. If you cannot make your cancellation within a 24-hour period, please consider giving your session to a friend or family member who may appreciate the opportunity. The cancellation policy allows us the time to inform our standby clients of any availability, as well as keeping our BBW team members scheduled filled, thus better serving everyone. Body Be Well policies are presented and provided in the best quality and tradition of excellent servicing for our established and future clientele. Thank you for viewing and supporting our policies criteria.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING (AND NOT BRING) TO CLASS?
Although we have a water for sale, you may also choose to bring your own water.
Socks are required to take Body Be Well classes. Where your feet go, your head and hands may soon follow. Wear our Pilates toe socks or your own socks in class to ensure the cleanest surfaces on the Pilates apparatus. It helps keep our studio clean keeps your bare feet free from odor and having dirty feet.
Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move in and also so we can see your body while we are training you.
Jewelry is NOT a good idea.
No cell phones during classes (please be respectful of others).
No strong perfumes as some students are allergic as well as lotions and hand crèmes, which are not good for the equipment or your safety.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILATES & 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 physique.
WILL PILATES HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
Pilates is famous for creating long, lean, fit bodies. There are many ways that doing Pilates supports weight loss and a trimmer appearance:
Exercise burns calories. How many calories you burn depends on your body type and your level of exertion.
Creating lean muscle mass, as Pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
Pilates tones and shapes the body.
One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to have beautiful posture. Pilates creates a leaner look by emphasizing both length and good alignment.
Pilates promotes deep and efficient respiration, which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration.
Engaging in an exercise program, like Pilates, promotes self-esteem and heightened lifestyle consciousness. Both are associated with weight loss.
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.
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 have can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE INITIAL PRIVATE SESSION? IS IT JUST A CONSULTATION OR AM I GOING TO GET A WORKOUT?
It is a consultation with a Private Pilates Instructor and also a workout. During the session the instructor will assess your specific body needs and personal goals and begin to teach you the fundamentals of Pilates. Because it is new, you will be working slowly and it is a great challenge. You’re going to love it and your instructor will recommend what the next step is for you such as more privates, classes or groups reformer etc.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES EACH WEEK?
The ideal practice of Pilates is 3-4 times per week. However, you need to take into consideration – time, finances, stress level and burning out. We suggest starting with one session (a 100% more than you are doing now!) and adding more sessions when you can. You can also try a Mat or Group Reformer class and you will see results quickly if you do more sessions each week.
CAN I TAKE MAT CLASSES INSTEAD OF AN INITIAL PRIVATE BECAUSE I'VE DONE PILATES BEFORE?
Yes, but we recommend doing the Initial Private if you have never done Pilates before so you can get a great deal and do a Private with a teacher who will guide you to the right class for your level. If you are a Pilates teacher or have done Pilates for a long time (maybe just visiting from out of town) and are confident that you have the language and exercises then you can take whichever class you see fit for your personal level.
WHAT TYPE/STYLE/ETC. OF PILATES DO YOUR INSTRUCTORS TEACH?
All teachers here come from a variety of Certified and PMA approved Teacher Training Programs. PMA, the Pilates Method Alliance, is the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers. Most teachers teach a progressive approach to Pilates and incorporate neutral spine. We do have a few teachers who know the classical repertoire and you can read more about each individual in our teacher profiles section of our website.
I JUST WANT TO TAKE MAT CLASSES. DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN INITIAL PRIVATE SESSION?
No, however, you will be missing out on a great chance for a one on one session where you experience a session tailored to your body’s level and desired focus on Pilates mat and equipment: the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and much more. A private session allows a unique whole body experience of discovery and awareness, while strengthening, toning and increasing flexibility.
DOES PILATES ONLY FOCUS ON THE CORE?
Everything you do in Pilates is supported from the core (transverse abdominals, pelvic floor, spinal muscles and diaphragm make up the core). Pilates also focuses on breath, balance, flexibility, coordination, control, stamina, toning, posture and overall health.
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF MALE CLIENTS? DO THEY TAKE THE GROUP CLASSES (REFORMER AND MAT)?
Yes we have a growing number of male clients and even a male instructor! Our clients (and male teacher) take all of our classes!
WHAT IS A STANDING SESSION AND HOW DO I SCHEDULE IT?
A standing session is an appointment that happens every week at the same time with the same teacher. This is a service that we offer to help you reserve the day, time and teacher that work best for you! It is the best way to make working out a priority by committing in advance to a positive routine. All you have to do is cancel 24 hours before your session or class if you can’t make it. The next week you will be back in the schedule like
clockwork. Whenever you need to change it, we are here to assist you. We can help you schedule a standing and give you more details and answer any questions that you might have.
I HAVE HERNIATED DISCS IN MY BACK. CAN I DO PILATES? WILL IT BE GOOD FOR MY BACK?
Yes, Pilates is wonderful for back issues! Pilates is able to help in back pain treatment mainly in two ways. The first is by the strengthening your muscles and making them more flexible, while the second is through improving your posture. Pilates enables your joints and muscles to become stronger and more flexible. By doing so, you would be able to make them tough enough to withstand the strain and other stresses that happen as you are doing your regular activities. When your muscles are stronger, they can withstand injury better, and when the muscles are more flexible, you have a less risk of straining them when you contort your body into awkward positions. In this regard, Pilates would really help you in your back pain treatment. Having stronger and more flexible muscles would definitely help in preventing back pain from occurring again. One of the leading causes of back pain is poor posture. A person’s poor posture, whether while standing or sitting, contribute to the unnecessary strain in the muscles that would eventually make them feel pain. A person who does the Pilates exercises would be able to improve their posture because of the movements and training that they do. The exercises would make it easier for the person to stand straight, not slouch, and avoid other poor positions that contribute to the back pain.
I RECENTLY HAD SURGERY. CAN I TAKE PILATES?
Yes, depending on what type of surgery. We do require a medical release from your doctor and then an instructor will work with you to begin strengthening and getting back to your best self!
I'M PREGNANT, CAN I TAKE GROUP CLASSES? WHICH ONES ARE SAFE FOR ME TO TAKE?
We recommend you take privates when you are pregnant. Your body is going through so many changes and many adjustments will have to be made that only a private session can allow for. If you are a current client you can continue with your current Pilates schedule (classes and privates) through the 1st trimester (3-4 months). After 4 months if you and the teacher feel comfortable and able that you are ok to be in group classes then go for it, but if you need to switch to privates we can accommodate for that also!