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Pilates FAQs

New to Pilates?

Read answers to some common questions people ask.

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Common Questions Answered

  • What do you mean by "integrated" Pilates
    "Integrated" Pilates refers to that while I teach classic exercises recognizable as Pilates and utilize a variety of Pilates equipments, I don't just teach Pilates. My movement background is varied as is my training (dance, contemporary Pilates, Fascial Movement Training, Franklin Method, and more) and I continue to evolve my teaching skills and techniques as I learn more. I then "integrate" all of this information into what looks a lot like a Pilates practice.
  • What if I have acute or chronic/persistent injuries or conditions that might impact my participation
    Pilates is very adaptable for a variety of injuries and conditions, however, some may not be recommended for group class participation as they may interfere with your or the other students ability to get the most out of class. Depending on the injury or condition, you might need is one or more Private sessions to determine and learn any modifications that might be helpful for you to participate in group class. Please contact me to discuss this further.
  • Can I practice Pilates if I am or become pregnant
    Pilates can be a great way to continue to move and exercise while pregnant - it can help the body to better handle the changes that occur in your body while also helping to prepare the body for giving birth as well as aiding recovery and for the new demands that will be placed on your body afterward (Post-Natal). During the first trimester, it is generally safe to continue attending group classes, however, once you enter the second trimester and into the third, there are some precautionary modifications that should be taken. As a result, it is not recommended you attend the group classes and instead opt for Private (or even Semi Private) sessions instead. At this time, Seed does not offer and Pre-Natal specific group classes. If you have a group interested, please contact me to see if we can schedule one for your specific group. Any form of exercise, including Pilates, while pregnant should be with doctor consent.
  • What is Pilates
    Developed by Joseph Pilates (1880–1967) in the late 19th Century-early 20th Century and originally called "Contrology", Pilates is a system of mind-body exercise designed to optimize physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability. Born of parents who were a gymnast and Naturopath, respectively, Joseph's interest in fitness began as a way to help himself overcome his own ailments. He then honed his skills during WWI, helping prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. This is when he began the designing of a variety of Pilates apparatus (or equipment) still used today; most recognizable is the Reformer which utilizes a gliding carriage, pulley system and spring resistance. Later, in New York, Joseph continued his teaching and became popular with the professional dance community. Many of his disciples continued on the tradition of his teachings, training a new generation of instructors - some of whom have created contemporary Pilates training programs of their own which incorporate new modern science into the original exercises. Pilates can help people of all genders, ages and physical abilities to address strength, flexibility, endurance and posture with low impact, mindful exercises.
  • Can I attend Group Reformer classes with no prior experience
    Before attending a group Reformer based class, it's important to learn the basic usage of the Reformer as well as some foundational exercises. This will ensure a safer and more enjoyable class for you and the other participants. You may schedule a Private session to learn these skills; some students only need one Private session to learn what is necessary to attend a Reformer class, while others need more. Those with prior experience working on a Reformer may still want to schedule a Private session first, as usage of the equipment can vary slightly from brand to brand.
  • I'm new to Pilates, where should I start
    How to start can look a little different for different people, depending on the individual needs and goals of the person. When in doubt, the best place to start is with one or more Private sessions in which you'll be able to learn the foundational principles along with safe and proper use of the equipment. Additionally, Private sessions allow you and the instructor to determine if any modifications are necessary for you based on your individual needs. Then, if you wish, you can switch to or add in group classes with confidence. If you prefer to schedule on your own time or have the session 100% programed for you, Privates or Semi Privates might be the way to go. If you prefer a group atmosphere and a more generalized program, group classes are the way to go. Group classes are also less costly, if that's a concern. If you're hoping to have Pilates multiple times a week, a combination of Private or Semi Private PLUS group classes is a great way to get the value of both while increasing your frequency.
  • How do I access Livestream classes
    Once you book a Livestream class, the zoom link to join the class is provided in your booking confirmation email. Additionally, you can login to your member account on the Seed website and go to "My Bookings"; next to the Livestream class will be a link to join class. Each class has its own unique link.
  • Body weight allowances on equipment (NO ONE WILL BE EXCLUDED)
    Pilates is for ALL bodies and abilities, however, some of the equipment and props do have body weight allowances which have been established by the manufacturers. For instance: Large Stability Balls - rated for up to 550 lbs V2 Max Plus Reformers - rated for up to 425 lbs SPX Max Plus Reformer - rated for up to 350 lbs BOSU Balance Trainer - rated for up to 350 lbs Stability Chair - rated for up to 300 lbs If your weight is near or exceeds any of these allowances, YOU ARE NOT EXCLUDED FROM PRACTICING PILATES. There are many exercises to choose from when programing a useful and enjoyable session. If you have any concerns, please contact me to discuss them further.
  • What should I wear for my Pilates session
    No special clothing is required. You may wear any clothing you feel comfortable in that allows you to move freely, however, avoid wearing clothing with exposed zippers, grommets, etc. that may cause abrasions to the equipment. I do ask that all participants wear closed-toe socks (with or without sticky bottoms) to deter the spread of skin infection and disease. Additionally, Seed is a scent free space-in consideration of those with allergies or aversions to scent, please refrain from wearing fragrance or perfume while at the studio.​
  • Pilates Mat (livestream)
    Through attention to breath, we explore the potential of our body while moving the spine and other joints in a variety of ways. Utilizing Pilates Matwork exercises, this class focuses on strengthening the core-the primary muscles that control our trunk. While incorporating detailed and precise movement patterning along side flowing sequences, we build strength, control, mobility and better movement patterns for the whole body, allowing for more stability of the joints and better ease while moving through daily life activities. Exercise variations and options are given to allow participants of all fitness levels, however, if you are dealing with an injury or have an ability that may need individual modifications, please contact me to discuss in advance. For livestream classes, use of your camera is recommended but not required. ​ Currently Offered Saturdays 8:30 AM Livestream Online with Zoom Zoom class link is automatically included in the booking confirmation email Classes are 50-55 min Recommended Equipment: no props needed, mat suggested, a resistance band and cushion to sit on might be nice
  • Pilates Reformer-Circuit Conditioning (in-studio)
    Limited to 3 students For those wanting a more athletic class experience, Reformer-Circuit programing incorporates Pilates Reformer exercises with functional movement patterning, while also including props such as the stability ball and BOSU, in a low-impact interval format to increase whole body strength and stamina. Students should have previous experience working on a Pilates Reformer or schedule a Private session to learn proper use of the equipment BEFORE registering for Group Reformer classes. Exercise variations and options are given to allow participants of all fitness levels, however, if you are dealing with an injury or have an ability that may need individual modifications, please contact me to discuss in advance. Currently Offered Saturdays 9:45 AM Classes are 50-55 min
  • Pilates Mat-Circuit Conditioning
    Drawing on the principles utilized in the the Pilates Mat class, Pilates-Circuit Conditioning programing incorporates functional movement exercises in an interval format to create a more athletic class and increase whole body strength, stamina and agility. Modifications are given to allow participants of all fitness levels. If you are dealing with an injury or have an ability that may need modifications, please contact me to determine if this class will be a good fit for you. ​ Currently Offered Live class not currently offered; available on Seed On Demand only
  • Pilates Reformer (in-studio)
    Limited to 3 students The Pilates Reformer offers support and resistance which allows students to experience their strength and movement in a new way. Through the use of the Reformer springs and pulleys, as well as additional props, such as resistance bands, stability balls and more, students are guided through exercises designed to move and strengthen the whole body while exploring posture, increasing mobility, finding balance and overall stabilization. Students should have previous experience working on a Pilates Reformer or schedule a Private session to learn proper use of the equipment BEFORE registering for Group Reformer classes. Exercise variations and options are given to allow participants of all fitness levels, however, if you are dealing with an injury or have an ability that may need individual modifications, please contact me to discuss in advance. ​ Currently Offered Mondays 6:30 PM Tuesdays 6:00 PM Thursdays 2:30 PM Thursday 6:00 PM Classes are 50-55 min

Home Equipment Suggestions

Links to equipment frequently used at Seed or recommended for home use with Seed On-Demand are provided below.
NOTE: I have no affiliation with the companies and do not receive anything in return for my recommendation.

Airex Pilates Mat  - thicker mat for extra cushion but still rolls up to store out of the way

Merrithew Eco-Lux Pilates Mat - extra thick but still supportive in standing exercises

Resistance Bands (Non-Latex)
Light
Regular
Extra Strength

Long Resistance Loop - Regular Strength

Soft Foam Roller - not too hard, not too soft, just the right pressure for myofascial release or adding dynamic challenge to your pilates practice
Full Length
Half Length

Merrithew Conditioning Towel
 
Mini Stability Balls
Small 7 inch
Medium 10 inch
Large 12 inch
 
Stability Ball - be sure to choose the size most appropriate for your height

Small Foam Block/Yoga Block

Seated Cushion & Balance Pad

Franklin Balls
 - for sensory feedback, proprioception and myofascial release
 

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