Frequently Asked Questions

What are those strange-looking machines in Pilates studios?
These are called ‘reformers’ and they are designed to work the body with extra intensity by using the resistance of springs. In the studio, we will teach you basic matwork exercises for the first couple of lessons to acclimatise your body to the technique before you start using the reformers.
 
I’m 65 years old and I’ve never exercised in my life. Is it too late to start?
Never! It’s never too late. Go slowly and you’ll be amazed how much your muscles will respond. Check with your doctor before starting, just to be on the safe side. I love working with elderly clients, because they can make such rapid progress and they tend to be very dedicated.
 
Is Pilates the only exercise I will need to do?
Pilates is not aerobic, so I recommend that you supplement it with a safe aerobic activity. Choose the one you enjoy the most, whether it’s running, tennis, kickboxing or swimming. Just make sure you are performing the movements correctly and aren’t straining your back or joints.
 
How often do I need to do Pilates?
Aim to do a Pilates session every other day. That way your muscles will be well rested but they will ‘remember’ how the movements felt from the previous session. There are lots of helpful movements that you can incorporate into spare moments in your everyday life, whether you are washing dishes, driving, or queuing in the bank!
 
I learned the Alexander Technique recently. Is it compatible with Pilates?
Pilates and Alexander both have the same goal but they take a different route to get there. Alexander Technique focuses on teaching you correct breathing and posture to help you to use your body more efficiently. Pilates uses breathing and posture as a starting point for all the exercises.
 
Is it ever possible for muscles to be too strong?
Certainly it is. Almost every muscle group in the body has an opposing set of muscles pulling in the opposite direction; if one group is much stronger than the other, it pulls the joints out of alignment. In the Pilates studio we identify over-strong muscles and work on the opposing set to create balance.
 
I can’t find my abdominal muscles. Do you think it’s possible I don’t have any?
Everyone has abdominals but in some people they are very weak. If you focus on abdominal exercises at every Pilates session and keep pulling your navel towards your spine whenever you remember during the day, I guarantee you’ll have more control over your abdominal muscles within two weeks.
 
Any tips to stop me getting stiff shoulders after a day at the office?
Make sure your chair is close enough to your desk to keep your lower arms at right angles to your torso. Your knees should be bent at right angles and feet flat on the floor. Don’t cross your legs! If you have to lean forwards, lean from the hips, not the lower back. Don’t spend more than 30 minutes in this position. Take frequent breaks to do some simple Pilates exercises.