Answers to common questions about Pilates and our practice.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise that is designed to exercise the whole body in a controlled and mindful way. This method of exercise was originally called Contrology and was the result of the inspired genius of Joseph Pilates.

What is the difference between mat-work and equipment Pilates?

Mat-work Pilates is taught in a class setting (usually between 4-15 participants) and is focussed primarily on floor exercises. Equipment Pilates is taught in a studio setting either Privately (1 client: 1 instructor) or as a Duet (2 clients: 1 instructor). Equipment sessions are highly tailored and are great at achieving personal goals. Find out more about classes and session times.

What should I wear?

You need to wear clothes that are comfortable to move in, not too baggy and not too restrictive. While it is recommended you don’t wear socks – Canberra is cold and we’d rather you be comfortable.

What do I need to bring to Pilates with Dan mat-work class/equipment class?

For an equipment class, you will not need to bring anything as everything you need is provided for. For a mat-work class, you will need to bring an exercise mat (readily available at most sports equipment stores) – we will supply all other equipment needed. You may also want to bring a towel and water.

I’ve recently had surgery can I still do Pilates? I’ve recently given birth but am keen to get back into exercise, can I do Pilates?

If you are returning to exercise after any sort of medical intervention, this includes any form of childbirth, we require that you have been given the OK to exercise by the appropriate doctor. In most cases, following medical intervention, you must rest from serious exercise for 6 weeks. If you have any doubts, please err on the side of caution and seek your doctor’s approval.

What is the difference between yoga and Pilates?

There are a lot of similarities between yoga and Pilates. Both require commitment, focus and concentration and enable you to improve your strength and flexibility. Importantly, there are also a few differences. Yoga has a very spiritual origin, where poses or asanas can be held for longer periods of time and it can use different breathing patterns depending on the pose. The origin of the Pilates method is based on physical health, its exercises have quicker movements and the breath pattern is the same throughout a class.

I’m not flexible – can I do Pilates?

Yes! Pilates is for everybody and anybody. All exercises can be modified or adjusted depending on physical ability or attributes.

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