FAQ – Pilates


Do I have to be in shape to do Pilates

No! Anyone can start Pilates and any level. It will be catered to meet you where you are. In fact, we like when clients find us and are just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then we can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.

Do you also have male clients?

Yes we have a growing number of male clients who do very well in our programs. 

How long are the Pilates sessions?

Pilates sessions are 55 minutes long. All sessions start and finish on time, so please be on time to receive the full benefit from your session.

How long will it take for me to see changes in my body?

Everyone responds differently but wonderful changes will happen if you commit to doing Pilates! “10 sessions- Feel the difference. 20 sessions- See the difference. 30 sessions- Have a new body!” -Joseph Pilates

For changes on the muscle level, it takes 4-6 weeks (10 sessions)
For changes on the soft tissue level (ligaments, tendons, facia), it takes 2-3 months (20 sessions)
For changes on the bone level (posture, joint range of motion), it can take 6 months to a year (30 sessions or more)

How many Pilates sessions should I do per week?

For best results, we recommend 2-3 Pilates sessions each week. We have found that 1 session/week does not create results and we do not recommend that. Since each session builds on the last, consistency is the key.

I am a rider, will Pilates help me in my riding?

Yes, Pilates is all about control and stability.  Riders need to have a great amount of body awareness, strength, balance, stamina, and core strength. Equestrian Pilates will help give you support and strength to achieve your needs depending on your riding discipline. As well, Pilates will aid riders in learning effective muscle initiation, engagement and balance, while providing tools to help prevent or heal old injuries.  

I have herniated discs in my back. Should I do Pilates?

Yes, Rehabilitative Pilates is wonderful for many back issues! Rehab Pilates is effective in two ways. The first is by strengthening and creating endurance in your postural and core muscles which improves your posture. Secondly, Pilates decompresses your spine and helps you build the skill to elongate your torso hence taking pressure off your spine. Pilates enables your joints and muscles to become more fit and more flexible. By doing so, you will become strong enough to withstand the strains and stresses that happen as you are doing your regular activities. When your muscles are stronger, they can withstand injury better. When the muscles are more flexible, you have less risk of straining them or compressing your discs when in awkward positions. Pilates will really help you with the underlying reasons for your back pain.

Is Pilates only focused on the core?

Everything you do in Pilates is supported from the core (obliques, transverse abdominals, pelvic floor, spinal muscles and diaphragm all make up the “core”). Pilates also focuses on muscle strength, breath, balance, flexibility, coordination, control, stamina, toning, posture and overall health.

What age range is Pilates designed for?

Pilates is for all ages from teenagers and up. 

What do I wear to Pilates?

All Pilates sessions are done in ToeSox (available for purchase for $15). Wear ankle length leggings and a top that covers your full back and shoulders (no tanks or sleeveless shirts, please!). We minimize skin contact on the equipment. Bring a bottle of water and a small towel and remove all jewerly.

What is Pilates?

The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breathe. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.

What is the general format of a Pilates session?

Depending on your rehabilitation program or fitness level, Dr. Habanova will conduct each session suitable for your condition and goals. She will review your Pilates Rehabilitation or Pilates Fitness concepts and any homework she has given you. Then, she will take you through a series of Pilates movements based on your program design. As you show progress, she will add more challenges to enhance your level of rehabilitation or fitness.

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates is famous for creating leaner, longer, firmer, stronger bodies. There are many ways that doing Pilates supports weight loss and health:

  • Exercise burns calories. How many calories you burn depends on your body type and your level of exertion.
  • Creating lean muscle mass, as Pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.
  • Pilates tones and shapes the body.
  • One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to have beautiful posture. Pilates creates a leaner look by emphasizing both length and good alignment.
  • Pilates promotes deep and efficient respiration, which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration.
  • Engaging in an exercise program, like Pilates, promotes self-esteem and heightened lifestyle consciousness. Both are associated with weight loss.
  • Pilates is an enlivening workout that can help sustain energy levels throughout your day. However, it is not usually done as aerobic exercise. Therefore, some people enjoy combining Pilates with aerobic/cardio exercise in order to maximize their caloric expenditure.
  • You are what you eat. Feeding your body with organic (chemical free,  hormone free) whole foods and plenty of fresh water will promote cellular vitality and health which leads to healthy weight lose.