PILATES & MOVEMENT

Frequently Asked Questions and Studio Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates?

 

Pilates is a system for muscular conditioning combining posture and core stability with muscle and joint mobility.

 

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What are the benefits of Pilates?

Longer, leaner muscles – Muscles can mold and change shape to the way they are worked. Eccentric, or lengthening, contractions are the key to elongating muscles and are uniquely emphasized in Pilates exercises. Strength is utilized to increase range of motion ie. flexibility. You do not need to be flexible to do Pilates! The spring systems of the Pilates equipment act as weights and give both ‘resistance’ and ‘assistance’ to the body.

Balanced Posture – Learn to locate deep intrinsic muscles of the body and then apply them to bigger movements. This allows the body’s “Powerhouse” to be your core stability before your given movement is initiated. Balanced posture and alignment Muscles around the spine are worked to maintain natural, unexaggerated curvatures of the spine.

Prevention of Injury – The cause of injuries stem from muscular imbalances or limited range of motion in a joint or muscle. Pilates rebalances the body.

Optimum results in other movement disciplines and daily life activities. Sometimes it is the smallest correction that makes the body more efficient.

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Who does Pilates?

As a tool for body conditioning, rehabilitation, or injury prevention, Pilates is for everyone.

Sports Specific Training (i.e. Marathon runners, Cycling, Racquet Sports, Golf, etc.)
Dancers/Martial Artists/Yogis
Office workers
Post or Pre-Natal Women
Beginning a new exercise regime
Struggling with chronic stiffness or injury
Sciatic Nerve Pain
IT Band Syndrome
Recurring Sprain/Strains
Osteoporosis
Arthritis
Muscle Atrophy
Back pain (Spasms, Disc Herniation)
Post Rehabilitation
Strength Training

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What is the history of Pilates?

Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He overcame a sickly childhood of asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever by training as a diver, skier, body builder, gymnast, and boxer. His success led him to England as a self defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. During World War I, he enabled patients to rehabilitate by attaching springs to their hospital beds. This system became the foundation of the specific movements on his uniquely designed equipment and apparatus.

In 1920, the first Pilates studio was opened in New York City, J. H. Pilates teachings of “Contrology,” the ability to control your muscles with your mind, was established and the method was quickly adapted by dancers and athletes. In the past 25 years, the secret of Pilates has become embraced by the general public and doctors worldwide.

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What should I expect on my first visit?

 

We will have you fill out some basic paperwork and review with your instructor. We want to know your goals and hopes for doing Pilates so we can gear your lesson correctly.

 

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What should I wear for my Pilates session?

 

Whatever you feel most comfortable moving in. Of course the more we can see of you the better for corrections, but most of us have detective eyes and can see through even baggy clothes. If wearing baggy shorts, it is advised to wear spandex shorts underneath.

 

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Will my information be shared with the Physio Logic clinic?

Yes and no. We do share notes on any of your injuries, treatment and progress if requested by you. It is an amazing way to see thorough care and really take in the benefits of seeing like minded practitioners at Physio Logic. It’s about finding your pieces of the puzzle and what disciplines work best for you.

Our communication is how we all learn what is best for you! Because we are separate entities, we do have a separate system in the pilates studio and will need to file our own set of brief paperwork for you.

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What if I can't make it to my scheduled appointment?

 

We do follow a standard 24-hour cancellation policy. It is not a penalty to you, it is simply what we have to charge to hold an appointment and so we can employ and keep the best instructors and massage therapists. We thank you in advance for understanding.

 

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Are there expiration dates on packages?

Yes, please note the specific expiration dates when purchasing as detailed in our Price Menu. Bulk packages are to benefit the people who are consistent and dedicated to the work. It is not meant to benefit advance purchasing. We are very fair, if you are having difficulty, please talk to us in advance so we can help you not loose any sessions or classes.

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Studio Policies

  • Place shoes and bags in the cubbies, and coats in the coat rack
  • Keep cell phones OFF OR ON VIBRATE so not to disturb others
  • There is a standard and enforced 24-hour cancellation policy. Please call the studio (718) 718-2600 ext 41 in Brooklyn or (646) 468-1478 in Manhattan, or email us at pilates@physiologicnyc.com. You can reschedule your session for the same day with the same instructor, if the time is available, to avoid late charges.
  • According to NY state law, you must wear socks when working out – you should be thankful… not everyone’s feet are as fresh as yours!! (just ask if you need to borrow)
  • Workout clothing, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair elastics, etc., as well as towels are available for your convenience, just ask
  • We respect instructor/client relationships, but cannot guarantee a specific trainer
  • If your instructor is sick, we will do our best to offer a session with another instructor
  • Packages have expiration dates – please note upon purchase
  • Packages are transferable at the director’s discretion
  • Please communicate openly with the director, Lynda Gehrman or your instructor, as appropriate, anything you are not satisfied with, or any recommendations you might have

Other questions?

Contact us at pilates@physiologicnyc.com, call us at 718.260.1000 ext 41, or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you ASAP