What Is The Best Approach?

Tatiana’s Pilates in Carpinteria, CA.
Lotus Newsletter,  April 2009, Issue # 2
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

What can I expect during my first private session?
You can expect a 50-minute intro session beginning on the Mat or Cadillac. Your instructor will verbally guide you through Pilates Basics and a series of exercises and help you achieve safe and stable movement. Eventually, you will transition to other Pilates apparatus, such as Wunda Chair, Step Barrel, Springboard or Reformer, sometimes using props such as a Magic Circle, Theraband, Pilates balls, balance boards, etc .
How Often Should I Come?
There are many ways to approach and build a strong Pilates practice. I recommend starting with at least 10 private two-three times a week sessions. This will allow for the muscle memory to develop as the body adapts to this method of movement. It is important to build this foundation with consistent practice, since this allows a better mind-body connection to be established.
Some choose to continue with Private instruction or you may choose to continue your Pilates program in a duet (2 people) or trio (3 people) sessions. It’s always a good idea to refresh your practice with an occasional private session when your instructor will help you focus on details and specifics. I encourage students to attend mat classes, just as it was intended by Joseph Pilates to supplement and support the equipment based work.
Pairing Pilates sessions with some form of cardiovascular movement such as jogging, swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, and playing tennis, etc. is a great idea. Your Pilates workout provides good body patterning for any movement in your everyday life and on the playing field. You can’t overestimate the importance of correct postural alignment in everyday life. Other true benefits of Pilates are weight loss, increased energy, and even saying”good buy” to chronic aches and pains.
How long will it take for me to see results?
“In 10 sessions you will feel a difference; in 20 sessions you will see a difference; and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”                    -Joseph Pilates
Joseph Pilates made this now-famous ‘Pilates promise’ after repeatedly witnessing the dramatic results his own clients experienced when working with him consistently on a daily basis. For most of us today, daily Pilates may not be practical or even possible, but you can still achieve breakthrough results by establishing consistency in your workouts. From your very first private session, you will get detailed instruction and safe transition from private sessions to more affordable duets, trios and mat classes.  This will make more frequent workouts (ideally three to four times a week) possible, accommodating your goals, budget and lifestyle. You will quickly feel the difference, gradually see the difference, and eventually experience ‘a whole new body’ and reap the benefits ‘Pilates promise’.
How will Pilates address my individual fitness needs and goals?
We are all subject to gravitational force on our spinal columns. When the muscles that support our spines are weak or tight, our bodies compensate and those forces are unevenly distributed, placing added stress on our bones, joints and soft tissues. We experience this stress as tightness, stiffness, soreness and pain. Pilates addresses the needs of all bodies through a group of foundational exercises that strengthen the core musculature that support the spine and pelvis.
Yet while our bodies are alike in their basic functioning, no two bodies are structurally alike, nor do any two bodies have the same history of movement, stress, injury and weakness. A good Pilates instructor addresses these differences and other your needs by modifying the foundational exercises and by incorporating individually-chosen exercises into your workout. This is the way we achieve individualized instruction even in groups as several clients executing the same progression of the same exercises can experience completely different workouts.
What if I don’t feel like I’m doing it ‘right’?
In Pilates studio environment there is no pressure to ‘do it right, right away’ as sometimes it is a reality in a gym. It will take a number of sessions to ‘get it right.’ You will still reap the benefits immediately simply by moving through the exercises. Your range of motion and ability to approach the ideal versions of the exercises will improve over time as you progress. Most important, Pilates is not about performance- how high, how big and how beautiful. It is about executing the exercises with mindful intent to improve function and strength.

Tatiana’s Pilates
Carpinteria, CA 93013 • 805.284.2840 • info@tatianaspilates.com

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