You’ve made the appointment, and your set to take your first Pilates session! It’s exciting, and a little daunting. Maybe you’ve heard that Pilates is very hard, and that if it’s easy, you’re not doing it right. Maybe it’s been awhile since you did any exercise or any kind, and you’re worried you won’t keep up. And all that equipment! Holy cow! The springs and pulleys and bars – they look like medieval torture devices!
Take a deep breath and relax.
As your teacher, I’m here to guide you through your session and answer any and all questions you have about the exercises, equipment, technique, and anything else that comes up. Your only job is to show up and be willing to and ready to move. Wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to move in. Also wear what you feel good in. Some people like to wear long sleeves, while others prefer tank tops. Socks are completely optional.
The first thing you’ll do at my studio is fill out some paperwork giving some general information about yourself. I’ll give you copy of my scheduling policy, my classes and rates, and some information about my training.
Then we’ll talk and get to know each other. I’ll want to know your exercise history, what’s worked and what you’ve enjoyed the most. I’ll also be curious about your goals and purpose for trying Pilates. That will help me design a program tailored to your needs. This is a great time to let me know about any injuries or chronic conditions you have, as that will inform how we proceed with your session.
Once we’ve chatted, we’ll move on to some exercises. We may begin with some breathing exercises on the mat along with gentle movement and stretches. Other times we may start on equipment for a warm-up. You will quickly discover that the equipment exists to help you, not fight you. There are springs that create resistance, but even that helps support your movement more than hinder it.
We’ll move through a variety of spinal movements to experience flexion (forward bending), extension (back- ending), rotation (twisting) and lateral flexion (side bending). You’ll do some leg and arm exercises, and, of course, you’ll do some core strengthening. This is Plates, after all!
You may or may not get on all the equipment, and that’s okay. This is not a session about the equipment; this is a session about you and what’s best for your body. I encourage you to provide feedback as we go along as to which movements feel good and which ones don’t. And always let me know if there is pain associated with any exercise and I’ll suggest something else.
A private session is probably the best way to get acquainted with Pilates because it can be customized to your unique needs and goals. Kathy Grant, a student of Joseph Pilates, said “One size does not fit all” and I wholeheartedly agree. The Pilates method is so special because it gives us options for a wealth of exercises. Mat exercises that are not available to certain people suddenly become possible thanks to the support of the equipment.
We’ll end with some stretching and a cool down. Then we’ll discuss a plan moving forward.
And it’s that simple!
Scheduling an Intro session couldn’t be easier! Just click the link below, answer a few simple questions, and we’ll get you in. I look forward to introducing you to the wonderful method of Pilates and all the possibilities it holds.