Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Pilates?

Everyone!  Pilates can benefit anyone at all ages and levels of fitness.  From helping to alleviate chronic pain to assisting an individual to get back in shape, to a professional athlete looking to augment his or her training, Pilates and movement training can help anyone achieve their fitness goals.  Because the sessions can be tailored to the individual’s pace and capabilities, Pilates can provide a workout at any level needed.

How can Pilates, Yoga and Movement Training benefit me?

Please refer to the Benefits of Movement Training page by following this link: Benefits of Movement Training

What is the advantage of taking private lessons?

Private study is the best and most effective way to learn Pilates, yoga and all other movement disciplines.  Joseph Pilates primarily worked with students one-on-one.  In a private session, you have the teacher’s undivided attention, and she is able to focus completely on your needs and progress.  Private sessions allow you to learn the exercises correctly, and much more about your own body and movement patterns. 

Exercises performed incorrectly can be of little benefit or even detrimental.  In addition, some students with certain conditions or chronic pain may need the support of the equipment (which is often unavailable in classes) and close supervision to ensure safety.  Private study is invaluable training, and well worth the time and investment. 

How often should I come to Pilates or movement lessons?

In the beginning, twice a week will help you learn the Method and progress more quickly.  Once a week is recommended.  If weekly sessions are not possible, once every other week will suffice.  The knowledge gained through movement training is invaluable, and improves the performance of all other physical activities.

How will I know if Pilates and Movement Training is working?

Initially, the fundamental movements of the Pilates Method are taught in some of the simplest exercises.  The benefit of these exercises should not be underestimated, as they develop the muscles of the deep back and trunk, awareness of correct alignment, and supple use of the shoulders and hips.  Over the course of study, you will begin to notice and feel a difference in your body, which continues to develop.  The longer you study movement, the greater the benefits over time.  Many of these benefits are the same with yoga.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates differs from yoga in several ways.  Pilates was influenced by yoga, as yoga was one of the disciplines studied by Joseph Pilates.  Many of the Pilates exercises resemble and move through yoga postures.  However, Pilates is continually moving exercise – “flowing movement”, where the body is in constant motion.  While there are types of moving or flowing yoga, yoga postures are also usually held or sustained for a period of time. 

In addition, Pilates is performed on equipment, with the exception of the Mat work, which is unassisted.  While certain types of yoga may utilize props, yoga is not performed on equipment.  Finally, the method of breathing in Pilates is different from yoga, though there are many types of breath patterns and breathing exercises in yoga.  The good news is that both disciplines compliment each other, and your practice of one can be enhanced by practicing the other.

Do you offer group classes?

Gemma prefers the higher quality attention she is able to give students in a private or semi-private setting, and therefore does not offer classes at this time.

What should I wear to Pilates?

Please try to wear form-fitting clothing without pockets, zippers, drawstrings or belts, such as leggings, yoga pants, a leotard or unitard.  This will assist the teacher to see your bodylines.  If you get cool, it is recommended to bring a form fitting sweater, shirt or another layer.

Please do not wear jewelry, as it interferes with safety and adjustments by the teacher.

Hair should be worn away from the face and up off the neck.  Attention to the positions of the cervical spine is part of the work.  Loose hair also gets in the way and blocks vision.

Also, please do not use perfumes or essential oils.  Personal hygiene and cleanliness are appreciated, but some students have allergies. Please consider this when preparing for sessions.

What should I bring with me to class?

Please bring your appointment book/calendar with you to the studio every session.  Then you will always have it with you for scheduling purposes.

Note:  When in the studio, for safety, please keep possessions off the main floor and equipment space.  This includes water bottles, notebooks, cell phones, etc.

May I keep my cell phone with me in session?

When in the studio, please turn off cell phones and pagers for the courtesy of others.  In case of an emergency, you may keep the phone with you, but please leave the room to take the call.

What if I am running late?

Please refer to the Policies page by following this link: Policies

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

Again, please refer to the Policies page by following this link: Policies