Q: What is Pilates?
A: Pilates is a comprehensive exercise system lasting approximately 30 to 55 minutes. An instructor will take you through a series of exercises and movements with an emphasis on your “core” musculature, which includes abdominals, back, buttocks, arms and legs. All movements promote stability, strength, stretch, stamina and increase range of motion in the joints.
Q: How long will it take for me to see results?
A: “In 10 sessions you will feel a difference; in 20 sessions you will see a difference; and in 30 sessions others will see the difference”.
Joseph Pilates made this now-famous ‘Pilates promise’ after repeatedly witnessing the dramatic results of his own clients.
The Four S’s of Pilates:
Improved posture and flexibility
A leaner, more toned body
Stronger, longer muscles without bulk
Abdominal muscles that draw in and up, rather than protrude
Greater energy and vigor
Better Balance and coordination
The Pilates Mind…
Enhanced self-awareness and self-confidence
An invigoration of mind “centered”
A sense of rejuvenation
Improved concentration and focus
Increased mind/body awareness and connection
Q: What if I don’t feel like I’m doing it ‘right’?
A: At Flexx Appeal Pilates there is no pressure to ‘do it right’ and, like any new practice, Pilates takes varying numbers of sessions to ‘get it,’ through clients immediately reap the benefits simply by moving through the exercises. Your range of motion and ability to approach the ideal versions of the exercises will improve over time as you progress. Most important, Pilates is not about performance-how high, how big and how beautiful. It is about executing the exercises with mindful intent to improve function and strength.
Q: What can I expect during my first private session?
A: Most new clients can expect a 30 to 55 minute session beginning on the Mat, Reformer or Spring Board. Your instructor will verbally guide you through a series of fundamental Pilates exercises, helping you achieve safe and stable movement.
Q: How does Pilates address my individuals fitness needs and goals?
A: We are all subject to gravitational force on our spinal columns. When the muscles that support our spines are weak or tight, our bodies compensate and those forces are unevenly distributed, placing added stress on our bones, joints and soft tissues. We experience this stress as tightness, stiffness, soreness and pain. Pilates addresses the needs of all bodies through a group of fundamental exercises that strengthen the core musculature that support the spine and pelvis.
While every ‘body’ is alike in its basic functioning, no two bodies are structurally alike, nor do any two bodies have the same history of movement, stress, injury and weakness.
At Flexx Appeal Pilates we address these differences both by modifying the foundational exercises and also by incorporating specially chosen exercises that address your individual needs into your workout. In this way, individualized instruction can still be achieved in groups as several clients executing the same progression of the same exercises can experience completely different workouts.
Q: Who uses Pilates?
A: Many Celebrities have been reported as benefiting from the Pilates experience.