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Can I continue to do weights and my other exercise routines while I do Pilates?

Yes, In fact the movement concepts that you learnt from Articulate Bodies can be applied to - and will enhance- virtually any supplemental fitness program or sport you may enjoy.

Do you have to be a dancer/athlete to practice Pilates?

Absolutely not! One of the great things about Pilates movement is its versatility, so that people of all levels and physical fitness can practice and progress at their own pace. Although it is a great workout for dancers and athletes, beginners are welcome and will be taught how to work at their level. Articulate Bodies movement methodology has a language of its own and since we all have different goals, needs and physical history, we suggest that all new clients begin their movement  journey with the Prelude program.

How do I sign up?

Call us 647-519-0395 or email info@TorontoPilatesStudio.com. You can also create your profile in our scheduling system. Click on the link at the very top right corner of this page beside our phone number. We would be happy to get you started with a personalized movement program.

How does the studio design a program specific to my needs?

Before your first session, you will complete an Intake and Health History web form to let us know about your specific body issues and fitness goals. We will work with you to structure a conditioning program based on your physical needs, goals and an in-depth Postural Assessment during your Prelude(Intro) Session. We will then discuss what is the best route for you to begin at this point, either Private: Solo Session, Semi-Private: Duet Session,  Equipment classes or Studio classes which will be most beneficial to your needs.

How long will it take me to notice a difference in my body?

Not very long at all! Joe’s original claim was “In 10 lessons you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and by 30 you will have a whole new body.” Many people can feel the work begin to reorganize their body within the first few lessons and with time profound change can happen for anyone.

How often should I take a Solo, Duet lesson, Equipment and/or Studio class?

As in any physical conditioning program, to reap the full benefits, one should be practicing a minimum of 2-3 times/week. This includes a Solo, Duet and Equipment class as well as Studio classes or a combination.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a full-body conditioning program developed by Joseph Pilates over a period of 40 years, beginning in the 1920's. It is designed to strengthen the core musculature as it lengthens the body. This dual emphasis leads to a longer, leaner, more flexible, better toned and more evenly developed physique. A compete Pilates program involves both mat and equipment work. The Pilates equipment employs spring-based resistance to create muscular strength and tone without building bulk. The focus on breath and properly performed movements leads to improved posture and overall physical balance.

What is the difference between Fletcher PilatesĀ® and other forms of Pilates?

The main difference between Fletcher Pilates® and other forms of Pilates is reflected in the core of the Fletcher Pilates® method - the Fletcher Percussive Breath™. The fully developed, specific training of one's lung capacity while moving through Pilates exercises helps improve posture and recruit core muscles. Fletcher Pilates® also offers full movement programs using the Spine Corrector, Towelwork®, Barrework™, and Floorwork® in addition to the classical exercise of the Pilates Method. These innovative additions to the Pilates work reflect the constant evolution of movement. The Fletcher Pilates® Method spans the spectrum of movement programs for the post-rehabilitative client as well as the athlete.

What should I wear?

Comfortable but form-fitting clothing, so the teacher can make precise corrections to your form. We encourage bare feet but socks are ok. No shoes.

Will I be able to perform these exercises with existing injuries?

Most can perform the movement exercises, however, if you've had a serious injury or a recent surgery, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen. If you have been in the care of a physical therapist, we would be happy to consult with them about your program.

Will I gain flexibility?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Improving flexibility is one of the principal benefits of a consistent movement practice.

Will I lose weight?

Having a Pilates movement practice provides resistance and will help you burn calories. However Pilates movements are not considered aerobic until one masters the advanced work. If you are trying to lose weight, we recommend your movement practice at Articulate Bodies along with aerobic exercises (running, swimming, biking, etc.) - and diet prescribed by your nutritionist - to help burn calories and speed your metabolism.

Will this program help my back pain?

Mindfully practiced movements would help with moving  the joints in your spine to promotes circulation, proprioception and possible shearing in the fascial tissues. These characteristics can possibly help alleviate back pain depending on the severity. However, back pain can stem from issues as simple as muscle weakness and/or lack of flexibility to complex disc issues. We recommend if you suffer from back pain that you consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

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