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Frequently asked questions
Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is for everyone! From teenagers to seniors, from post-surgery and rehabilitative clients to professional athletes and dancers. Everyone can benefit from Pilates. The special equipment is highly adaptable and the unique exercises can be modified to match the requirements of every individual.

Do I need experience?

No experience is required. The only way to learn Pilates is by doing Pilates. All you need is the will to strengthen and balance your body and the desire to improve your performance and work towards tension-free, pain-free body!

Can I do Pilates while seeing a physiotherapist, osteopath etc.?

Yes! Pilates is ideal to complement any kind of body-therapy and is highly recommended by many practitioners and therapists today. At Pilates Junction we aim to work in cooperation with your practitioner to give you the best results. Your therapist can help you restore balance and recover from painful conditions, while Pilates will teach you how to maintain the balance, regain strength and flexibility and avoid future injuries.

Can I do Pilates if I have a bad back, bad knee etc.?

Yes. Exercising and strengthening your body is a key factor in rehabilitation. Pilates is a safe, low impact and highly effective method of exercise and is designed in a way that allows isolating body parts and encouraging correct movement patterns. This allows us to address any injured or vulnerable areas in a safe and controlled way while addressing the rest of your body in the appropriate way to encourage quicker recovery.
What is the optimal number of Pilates classes per week?

You will achieve optimal results with two sessions per week (or more). The body learns best with a regular and gradually paced program creating an imprint which integrates the physical workout with the mental challenge. Once a week is not ineffective but the progress is slower…

How long before I see results?

Some people notice changes within a few Pilates classes. Most people notice improvement of strength and flexibility within a few weeks. The real profit though, is the combination of short term improvement with enduring changes to your fitness and well-being in the long run. That is what makes people “Pilates devotees” for years and decades.
You should remember though that the process is individual and depends on whether you are healthy or injured, whether you are used to exercising your body or not, and on the number of classes you take each week.

Does Pilates tone and shape the body?

Definitely yes! In Pilates we firm and strengthen the body while keeping it stretched and supple. This is actually the prime physical result of practising the method. It means a trimmer waist, flatter belly and better posture. It means a strong, shaped and healthy body!
What are the benefits of the specialised Pilates equipment?

Pilates equipment, unlike other fitness equipment, is designed to challenge stabilization of one segment while moving other parts of the body. No free flowing movement in life can be achieved without good stabilization. It is the balance between stabilization and mobilization that makes movement efficient and non-stressful on the joints. This is what makes Pilates so functional.
Additionally, the resistance is produced by springs instead of weights. The springs provide gradual resistance as the muscles contract. This gives greater resistance at the muscle’s stronger point of contraction and less at the starting point of contraction, so there is less stress on the joints, tendons and ligaments.
While doing Pilates, do I need to do other forms of exercise?

Pilates stands on its own and at the same time it is the perfect complement to cardiovascular activity, athletic training and all kinds of sports. It is up to you to determine the appropriate overall fitness program that would suit your needs, goals and abilities.

How can I make sure Pilates is for me?

You are very welcome to observe a class at Pilates Junction in order to get a better sense of what Pilates is and how it works. You can also take just one private class with one of our teachers before signing up for the Introduction Course.


 
 
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