What should I wear?
Wear something that you are comfortable in. Work out or yoga like attire is best. Jeans or tight clothes that restrict your movement may make it tough to effectively work out. The studio is generally 65-68 degrees. You may want to wear layers so that once you get warmed up you can take the top layer off and still be comfortable. If you have long hair it should be fastened back to keep it from being tangled in equipment and so that you can see.
What should I avoid bringing?
Jewelry might snag or create a distraction when moving around. Heavy perfumes or lotions are discouraged as some clients have chemical sensitivities. Lotions may also create a slippery unsafe condition as you need to be able to properly grip handles and bars. We have cubbies near the entrance for shoes and handbags but they are unsecured. Items left there are left at your own risk.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
The first 10 minutes or so of your first appointment will be an opportunity for your instructor to get better aquainted with you and to your body more specifically. Bring with you the completed Quick Client Intake Form if possible. The instructor will use this to ask further questions about your body and to learn about your daily activities and goals. This will help to devise a workout that will suit you best. You will also need to have reviewed and signed the Studio Policies Form.
The general structure for every session is of a warm-up period, followed by a general whole body workout (tailored to your abilities and experience), specific exercises just for you, and then a cool down period.
How will I feel afterward?
You may or may not feel sore. You should feel refreshed and invigorated. Never exhausted and overworked. There is a lot that you are learning during your first sessions and Pilates actually gets harder the more you practice! That is because you are working harder and harder to hold a perfect form the better you get. You are also learning to engage your deepest layer of abdominal muscles and they dont exactly work like the rest of your muscles. They actually work best when you aren’t exactly trying to “flex” them. Its a learned skill.
Communication is KEY! Especially when you are beginning, you should NOT feel tension in your lower back, neck or shoulders during a Pilates session! If you do, it is important that you always communicate with your instructor about how your body is feeling, and any discomfort you might be having. Speak up! No exercise should ever bring discomfort. Never think you need to work through a pain. Let your Pilates Instructor know immediately if something doesn’t feel right. There are several ways that we can modify an exercise in order to aleviate discomfort and still ensure that you are getting a great work out.