Your Questions Answered
• What do I need to wear?
Comfortable, not baggy clothes, socks.
• What is the difference between a group class and a private session?
Individual Pilates lessons are tailored to work on your specific needs, goals or medical conditions (back or chronic pain, sport injuries, pregnancy related conditions such as abdominal separation or Pelvic pain). Private sessions are more suitable to help overcome specific conditions or specific, or whenever you feel that a more individual approach is what you need.
A group class is the perfect environment to improve your posture, strengthening your body and learn little tips to improve your daily movements. You will receive individual attention and hands-on corrections and will be surrounded by like-minded, friendly buddies. Every body and every shape is welcome!
• What can I expect in a private Pilates lesson?
During your initial consultation I will run a postural check to assess your posture; we will then discuss your goals and existing conditions to identify the areas of improvement and the most suitable course of action.
From your first session we will start working on a specific programme that will be planned around your needs and based on realistic, measurable goals. You can expect to feel your body working hard and safely, at your pace and with all the necessary adaptations, modifications and advice to start transforming your movements!
• Why do you offer a free taster session?
At Happydemic Pilates, I really care about helping people to enjoy life again through pain-free, stronger movements. With the free taster session I want to make sure that I can actually help you and that we can build a relationship of trust and respect.
This is why I take the time to assess you individually and listen to your fitness and health goals, as well as address any concerns and questions you may have.
• Do I need to be fit?
Pilates is for everybody and every shape, man, women, seniors, active, office workers.. We will work on your goals and your level of fitness will steadily improve.
• When can I expect results?
Joseph Pilates is quoted as saying “After 10 sessions you will feel better, after 20 sessions you will look better and after 30 sessions you will have a new body!” The amount of time it will take you to notice results will vary depending on how many sessions you are taking each week and if you are “bringing Pilates home” after your session, working on your daily movements and your postural habits.
• Does Pilates really help with back pain and why?
Yes! Not only is Pilates safe for most people to do, it is often recommended or used by physiotherapists and other physical therapists for treatment and rehabilitation.
The primary objectives of Pilates are improving posture, correcting imbalances, and enhancing functional movement. A lot of attention is also given to the spine and the core, making Pilates an effective tool against back pain. If you are suffering with a specific condition, I would definitely recommend starting with some private sessions before you can safely join any group class.
• Can I continue my other sports/workout if I do Pilates?
You surely can! Since Pilates is the perfect cross-training exercise of choice, used by professional athletes, dancers and sports professionals, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t continue with your usual activities while doing Pilates. Many people find that its focus on strength, balance and flexibility better equips them to do other activities as well.
• Will it help me to lose weight?
Pilates can support healthy weight loss, even though it is not a cardiovascular activity. Since Pilates helps to tone your muscle, creating lean muscle mass, this can help to increase your calorie burning potential and build up a slimmer, toner figure.
• I’m not that flexible, is Pilates still for me?
Definitely! Pilates is perfect for people who have limited flexibility. Increased flexibility supported by effective movement patterns can lower your chance of injury, improve your posture, and helps to promote a long, lean physique.
Flexibility is important for healthy movement, but it will come with regular practice. In the meantime, there are many modifications to use for all of the exercises to help you reach your goals. Through regular Pilates practice, you can learn and develop correct movement patterns for everyday activities, reducing your risk of injury. This is particularly important for the older population, when strength, flexibility, and agility can diminish.
• Is Pilates similar to Yoga?
Pilates and yoga share some similarities, but they do have many differences. Both can be performed in a group class on a mat and both focus on building a strong mind-body connection. The origins of both are different, Yoga from the East, Pilates from the West. Pilates tends to have a greater physical root, with an emphasis on core strength, which is great for reducing back pain. Yoga, on the other hand, places a spiritual as well as physical emphasis, which aims at nourishing your body and mind equally. Yoga is also great for promoting flexibility.
Due to the emphasis placed on proper technique and movement patterns, Pilates is also often used as a rehabilitation tool for many injuries and medical conditions.
• Is Pilates for men too?
There is a common misconception that Pilates is only for women. Pilates was actually invented by a man and is for everyone!
• Isn’t Pilates a bit too simple and slow to challenge my body?
The slow pace and the focus on precision are amongst the best advantage of practicing Pilates, combining mind and body to work hard towards a goal. Working slowly is actually super challenging!
From improved flexibility to better posture, from enhanced muscular strength to stabilization of the spine and from rehabilitation to prevention of injuries– Pilates helps one and all through a series of exercises that seem a lot easier than they really are, as they involve deep stabilising muscles that we don’t usually focus on.
• What is the core?
The core (also called “Powerhouse”) of the human body is essentially made up of your entire torso, including your chest, abdominal muscles, pelvis, and even some back muscles. Although your abdominal muscles make up a significant portion of your core, there are many more muscles included and most of them are “hidden” very deep down your centre, next to the spine.
Having a strong and stable core will improve your balance and posture and will enhance the overall quality of your movements.
• How does Pilates improve my posture?
Pilates works on strengthening the core muscles and move efficiently by recruiting the right muscles (who are often inactive due to our lifestyle) to hold our posture, instead of relying on the superficial musculature.
Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse—the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor—to support our posture allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head to move freely and relieves stress on the hips, legs and feet.
• Can I do Pilates while I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise to continue when you are pregnant. There are of course guidelines for all forms of exercise when you are pregnant, and Pilates is no exception to that. For that reason, I will give you the correct modifications and advice to ensure a healthy, positive pregnancy. If you are new to Pilates and would like to start practising while pregnant, we will have a preliminary consultation to discuss if and how it would be suitable for you.
As Pilates is focused on a functional, correct use of the pelvic floor muscles, it is proven to be extremely effective maintaining the necessary support in the pelvis as well as improving bladder control during pregnancy, when lots of weight and pressure is put on the pelvic floor. Also, by maintaining your strength and fitness during pregnancy, your ability to recover faster after birth increases.
• What does Pilates mean?
Pilates is named after its inventor, Joseph Pilates, who developed a system of exercises to improve physical fitness through a sound connection with the mind.
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