We are so glad you are joining us!
Joseph Pilates boasted “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, in 30 sessions, you will be on your way to having a whole new body.”
We are excited to have you begin the transformation with us, and feel the Pilates difference for yourself.
I’ve never done Pilates before, will it be too difficult?
Pilates is truly for any-body. There are always modifications to make any move easier or more difficult. No matter what your limitations or fitness level, you will be able to benefit from the Pilates method.
What should I wear to my session?
You will want to wear fitness clothing you can stretch and move in. Because there is a large focus on form for the Pilates work, form fitting apparel will allow the teacher to see the lines of you body better to offer more specific cues to you; but whatever is your comfort level will be fine. Also, a lot the Pilates work is done lying down, so bottoms that are a little more form fitting as well for when the legs are up in the air if helpful, or spandex liners under looser shorts, would be appropriate. Pilates is done barefoot, or with socks with “grips” on them. This allows you to be connected to the floor and removes the risk of slipping when performing exercises
Do I need to bring anything with me to class?
If you are attending a group class session, you are welcome to bring your own Pilates mat. If you do not have one, a few will be available for using, though many like to eventually have their own to bring with them to class. Pilates mats are thicker than yoga mats to allow for certain exercises that involve “rolling through the spine”. A thickness of around 5/8” or greater is advisable. If you are attending a Pilates private session, you do not need to bring anything.
What can I expect when I arrive for my first Private session?
Prior to your first session, you will book an initial complimentary consultation. This is when we will talk about your fitness goals, fill out your Pilates Student Profile Form, which includes your goals for the Pilates work, and discuss any health issues or special considerations. You will also do a short postural analysis and assessment. This consultation takes 20 minutes, and can be done separately, or in conjunction with your first session. Our first session together we will then introduce you to some of the basic Pilates Principles and concepts, and familiarize you with the Pilates equipment. After that, we will go forward towards your Pilates transformation.
Are Yoga and Pilates the same? If not, what are some of the differences?
Though Yoga and Pilates share some similarities, such as a focus on breath through movement, both being mind-body practice, helping stretch through the body, and improving balance there are many difference as well. Pilates is a physical fitness system that has a larger focus on full-movement, resistance training, and core-centered movements. Yoga has a larger emphasis on the Spiritual side of things for moving meditation, as well as held poses for strengthening. Pilates is an exercise system, whereas Yoga is a form of meditation.
What is your cancellation policy?
Waveforms Pilates has an 8-hour cancellation policy. If you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment, you must contact your Pilates Instructor prior to 8-hours before your session or you will be responsible for the payment. This ensures that your time slot could still be filled by another student.
Pilates equipment? I thought Pilates was done just on a mat?
Pilates apparatus/equipment is as varied as small props like rings and balls, to large equipment such as the Universal reformer, Pilates chair, Ladder Barrel, the Trapeze Table, Ped-i-Pul, and Spine Corrector. These pieces of equipment help enhance the work of Pilates mat the help give more options for variations to either increase or decrease the difficulty of the work. Much of the Pilates equipment uses springs as their form of resistance. This makes the resistance training require control through the full range of movement to keep the spring tension engaged. The springs offer additional resistance for some exercises, and assistance for other exercises—causing the joints to move to find stability, and the muscles to find flexibility.
What is a good entry Point for group mat classes?
We offer a quarterly workshop we designed called “Defining Essentials: Getting the Most out of your Pilates Practice” that is a great way to get started. During this four week course we cover fundamentals for a safe and effective Pilates practice to begin your Pilates journey. Each class in the series is 75-minutes in length and the format will include 20-minutes of conversation/lecture on material relevant to understanding a Pilates practice, and conclude with a 55-minute movement class to execute and practice the learned exercises and material. If interested in hearing more information about when our next session of this course will be held please fill out this link.