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Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring to class?

PB Studio provides all the Pilates equipment needed. Please dress comfortably and bring socks, a towel and water if you need it. Before the class starts, you will be removing your shoes and wearing socks in the studio.

May I practice Pilates while pregnant?

Although Pilates is a safe form of exercise to do during pregnancy, if you wish to do Pilates while you are pregnant, you should have been doing Pilates for a few months before falling pregnant. This is to ensure that you understand and have used the fundamentals of Pilates, and already know your own body’s limitations.

If you have not done Pilates before, then it is recommended that you find a pre-natal class or a Pilates instructor that can give you one-on-one attention.

May I practice Pilates for sports rehabilitation?

Athletes and rehabilitation practitioners of today recognise the benefits of rehabilitation programmes that involve strength and flexibility training, as well as balance and efficient movement patterns. Pilates incorporates these components and offers new treatment options in sports rehabilitation.

Does Pilates promote weight loss?

Pilates lengthens and strengthens muscles, and tones the body. It does not work directly to lose weight, but if incorporated with cardio vascular exercise, such as walking or running, and a healthy balanced diet, then you will definitely see results.

What age do I have to be to practice Pilates?

Pilates is recommended for any age group. There are instructors who specialise in doing Pilates with children. People of any age can join group classes or individual classes. Pilates is wonderful, as it allows you to work within the limitations of your body. Exercises can be adapted to suit your needs.

Is Pilates very difficult?

There are different levels of Pilates. You can start on an easy, beginner level and work towards more challenging exercises.

Does Pilates help for fighting stress, fatigue and anxiety?

This is a difficult question to answer, as each person is different. We believe that any exercise is good to combat the effects of stress, fatigue and anxiety. Pilates is a challenging form of exercise as it requires you to concentrate in order to incorporate all the principles of Pilates (Breathing, Balance, Concentration, Centering, Control, Precision and Flow), which is why it is known to help with stress, fatigue and anxiety. When an exercise is performed with body awareness and precision, then you are working the whole body, mind and soul.

How often should I practice Pilates to enjoy its benefits?

Pilates is safe enough to practice five days a week. It works well to incorporate Pilates into an exercise programme or sport training programme at least twice a week. Each person is different and it depends on what your goals are.

Will Pilates make me look bulky?

No. It is specifically designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone, not to build bulk.

May I practice Pilates if I have a back injury?

Pilates uses principles that can be adapted to each individual, and can be used for any injury rehabilitation.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates exercises are based on the Pilates principles and apparatus which was designed and created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. Pilates works the entire body, including the mind. The focus is on the core of the body, leaving the rest of the body to move freely. This practice makes your body stronger both inside and out. The balance between flexibility and strength during Pilates results in stronger and leaner muscles.

“Contrology is the complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit. You first acquire complete control of your own body and then, through proper repetition of the exercises, you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and co-ordination associated with all your subconscious activities”, Joseph Pilates.

While both Pilates and yoga offer stress relief, flexibility, strength, control, and endurance. The biggest difference is the emphasis on the spiritual component in classes. Pilates classes generally do not offer any spiritual experience, however, the slower-paced classes can be meditative and stress relieving.