What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercise invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. He called it “Contrology” and it was designed for people of all ages and abilities. Regular practice leads to a longer, leaner, and more flexible body. Whether used as a person’s main form of exercise or done in addition to other pursuits, a regular Pilates practice can lead to a greater overall quality of life and increased athletic performance.
What’s the difference between Pilates and yoga?
While both are considered “mind-body” forms of exercise, yoga and pilates are not the same. In general Pilates deal with a smaller range of motion and is usually done in a “flowing” manner without holding static poses. Pilates also uses equipment originally invented by Joe Pilates. The spiritual component that is usually present in yoga is not a part of Pilates. Pilates is usually done in a setting that resembles a martial arts studio or gym, without any chanting, altars, or saying “Namaste”. Many people enjoy doing Yoga and Pilates and find they work very well together.
How do I get started?
Honestly, the best way to start is to schedule a FREE in-person consultation. During the consultation we will discuss the best path for you to reach your goals. In most cases taking a few private Pilates lessons is the best next step. This enables me to work with you one-on-one and develop a specific plan for achieving your goals.
How is Wild and Woolly Pilates different from some other pilates studios?
Much like martial arts, my training was done through teachers where there is a direct lineage to Joseph Pilates. I try to teach closer to how he might have taught, using machines he invented, and using the framework of a certain order of exercises.
How often should I do Pilates?
Pilates is a type of exercise that can be done every day if you like, but to achieve noticeable results it is best done at least 2 or 3 times a week, mixing some mat work with equipment work. I can help you learn the skills and exercises necessary to develop a home practice in addition to the time spent at the studio. A lot of students find it beneficial to do a couple of group classes and one private lesson a week.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes like what you would wear to the gym are ideal. For men, please wear sweatpants or shorts with a liner of some sort.