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Frequently Asked Questions

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercising?
Pilates is not just another exercises routine but a comprehensive body-conditioning program. Because it improves stamina, balance and flexibility, it is a base layer for any other high and low impact physical activities you want to pursue.

I am an older person. I have never exercises before but I heard Pilates helps to slow down the aging process, helps to deal with everyday aches and pains. Is it too late for me to start?
It is never too late to start practicing Pilates. Pilates is easily adaptable to the age, body type and physical abilities. A well-trained and experienced instructor should be able to create sessions that are safe but challenging.

Does Pilates help with balance?
Yes. By practicing movements with precision and control you will become stronger and better coordinated. We also pay special attention to feet strength since your feet are the foundation that carries the rest of your body.

Does Pilates help with incontinence, overactive bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD)?
Pilates addresses muscle imbalance that cause lack of bladder control and pelvic floor dysfunction. Learning proper pelvis and sacrum alignment, gaining control over pelvic floor muscles, lower abdominals, low back muscles and glutes are the key elements of having good bladder control and a proper functioning pelvic floor area.



Does Pilates help with Diastasis Recti?
Yes. The same way that Pilates helps with PFD. It teaches the body how to properly engage the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles without creating abdominal pressure that causes the split.

What is the difference between Pilates and yoga?
Pilates is more accessible to people who lack strength and flexibility that is usually required to successfully participate in a yoga class. In Pilates, with the help of specialized equipment you are able to perform Pilates exercises without compromising your form due to lack of strength or flexibility. Consider taking a series of private Pilates sessions before you sign up for yoga classes.

I'm recovering from cancer and my doctor suggested I do yoga but then I've heard about Pilates.
What sets Pilates apart from yoga is the fact that Pilates is done not only on the mat but also with assistance of specialized equipment. Regaining strength and confidence after a serious illness can be easier when you have access to variety of tools.

I have recurring low back pain. Can Pilates help me?
Pilates exercises strengthen the muscles that support healthy spine. Whether your pain comes from muscles weakness or structural issues, in our studio, we use proven methods of modifying the exercises to address low back conditions.

What does the word "core" really mean? I hear it very often as if it meant abdominal muscles only?
The word "core" has recently become very popular and it is being used in every aspect of physical fitness. Unfortunately it is often mistakenly identified just as abdominal muscles. The "core" is a broad term that encompassed a number of muscles.

Major Core Muscles - The pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm.

Minor Core Muscles - The latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, and trapezius

I'm a triathlete. I'm already fit. Why would I want to take on Pilates?
When you engage in an activity that is repetitive, i.e. using the same muscles over and over again (which swimming, biking and running definitely is), you are likely to develop muscular imbalance. Putting constant stress on your spine, shoulders, hips, knees, ankle joints, etc., will inevitably lead to injuries. Every Pilates exercise is designed in such a way that while strengthening one muscle group you are simultaneously stretching another. This technique develops body uniformly, returning the muscles and joints to balance. Do Pilates and you will enjoy many happy and successful years as a triathlete.

I was lifting weights yesterday. My muscles are very sore. Can I do Pilates today without hurting myself?
You are feeling DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). In our experience, Pilates is the best workout for you at this time. It is a low impact method of exercises that will offset the effect of the hard workout you had the day before. You will most likely cut the time of muscle soreness in half.

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