Why should I practice the Pilates Method?

The method of exercise offers a non-stress approach to better posture and stronger, leaner muscles. It complements aerobic exercises and can be used to help you recover after injury.

What kind of benefits can I expect from practicing Pilates?

The low-impact technique is designed to improve posture and strengthen and lengthen muscles without adding bulk. An emphasis on breathing leaves clients feeling revitalized, not exhausted.

How often a week should I practice the Pilates Method?

For optimal effectiveness, it is recommended three to four times per week depending on your goals and level of fitness, especially if not participating in any other forms of exercise.

How I have been practicing Pilates for about eighteen months and have recently had my first Alexander Technique session. Do the two complement each other (as they appear to) or am I going to get completely confused?

Combining the Alexander technique and the Pilates method is a very good idea. The two compliment each other and will only accelerate your learning.

What is a Reformer?

A reformer is the most popular piece of Pilates Equipment found in Pilates studios worldwide. It is an exercise machine with a sliding carriage with foot bars, jump boards and leg and arm pulleys. It allows the exerciser to work on different parts of the body while being supported by the machine. Many exercises are performed on the reformer and there are two types - spring reformers and gravity reformers.

What is the difference between a spring reformer and a gravity reformer?

Basically they are the same concept. Joseph Pilates invented the spring resistance idea when interned as a German POW in England during WW1. At that time resources where not available to build and design complex machines, so Pilates utilized what was available and it is believed he used bed springs from under the mattresses to provide resistance. The Gravity Reformer concept ironically was first patented in Germany in 1892 when Joseph Pilates was just 12 years old. The manufacturer of the new Reformer had been manufacturing its traditional products in the USA for the last 25 years.

Can I cross-train with Pilates?

Pilates is ideal for cross training purposes as it will help create a better understanding of posture and how this relates to all forms of exercise. In addition it will help to correct postural faults that can develop through repetitive forms of exercise.

Can I use Pilates for general fitness training?

Yes, because when Pilates is practiced on a regular basis, it encompasses all aspects of fitness, such as strength, flexibility, co-ordination, cardiovascular, motor skills and relaxation.

Is it safe to practice Pilates when pregnant?

It is recommended that you consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise programs, and prospective clients should seek a Pilates instructor with ante natal/post natal qualifications. Care should be taken, with constant communication and feedback between every pregnant client and instructor.

Does the Pilates fitness program help to reduce the hips and thighs?

Yes! and it helps with the rest of the body as well. Designed to work the body as a whole you will not only see benefits in the hips and thighs but also in the rest of the body as well.

I am 50 years of age, do you think the Pilates program will be too strenuous for me?

No! Pilates caters for everyone from beginners to advanced conditioning and is suitable for all age groups. As with any exercise program, start on the beginner levels, progress slowly and listen to your body. It won't happen overnight, but results will happen.

How different is Pilates from yoga?

Although similar to yoga exercise, Pilates requires you to set a posture and then challenge the torso by moving the limbs, whereas yoga will move from one static posture to another with no repetitions.

Does Pilates concentrate on breathing?

All Pilates exercises are taught with a breath sequence, but it isn't the main emphasis of the technique.

Does Pilates help you become more flexible?

Yes! Pilates will strengthen and stretch your body at the same time, slowly building up a range of movement as you become more advanced.

Do you need a certification in order to teach Pilates?

Yes you need to be certified in the Pilates method before embarking on any teaching practice. MY PILATES BODY offers all certification. Contact us for further information.