Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise methodology initially developed by Joseph H. Pilates at the turn of the 20th century. This mind-body conditioning and rehabilitation system focuses on creating strength and flexibility in the entire body in a balanced and dynamic way. Pilates creates long, lean muscles instead of increasing bulk, strengthens the often overlooked “core” muscles, creates safe and efficient movement patterns in your body, and is also a fun and challenging workout that is safe for virtually anyone to do! [top]

Why Ky?
To learn more about Ky, please read her full biography in About Ky .[top]

Can I practice Pilates with an injury?
Ky’s individual Pilates sessions are safe for almost anyone to practice. Her experience and background in rehabilitation-based Pilates helps her create sessions that are appropriate for students in all levels of fitness. Potential students must consult with their doctor before starting any exercise regime. Ky can communicate and collaborate with your healthcare provider to ensure that your Pilates sessions complement whatever medical and/or alternative healthcare you receive. Group classes are not recommended for students with injuries.[top]

Can I practice Pilates if I'm pregnant?
Pilates is a great way to prepare for the physical demands of labor, and helps you get ready for all the extra activity after the baby comes, too. Ky has effectively taught expectant mothers up to one week before their due date, helping them remain comfortable throughout their pregnancy. As with any exercise program, pregnant mothers must receive permission from their doctor to begin Pilates.[top]

What is the difference between mat classes and private equipment sessions?
Mat classes are large group classes performed on a mat with the occasional use of small props. Mat classes use your body weight as resistance and progress quickly from one exercise to another. Private equipment sessions utilize machines that use springs as resistance. These sessions are focused entirely on the individual student’s needs, progressing at a level that is appropriate for them. Both are integral components of the Pilates repertoire and both are highly encouraged for optimal Pilates results. Individual sessions are safe for almost anyone, however, mat classes are not suitable for those with injuries.[top]

What are duet classes?
Duet sessions are for two students who want to share a workout. Duet sessions are ideal for friends who want individual attention, yet also want a feeling of camaraderie and a lower rate than private sessions entail. Ky makes every effort to set up clients to share a duet session, but they work best when students have someone in mind. Duets are scheduled by appointment, are 55 minutes in length and have a 24-hour cancellation policy.[top]

How do I schedule?
Please email Ky to schedule your private and duet sessions. These sessions are scheduled by appointment only and have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Ky offers an introductory special for your first 3 private sessions at a discounted rate. [top]

Participants in group mat classes may drop in to any group class that has an opening and is appropriate for their level. For more information, please see our schedule. Ky recommends that all first-time Pilates students begin with privates sessions before taking group classes.[top]

Why is there a 24-hour cancellation policy?
As with any appointment-based service, Ky can only schedule a particular number of clients each day. When someone cancels a session without ample notice, Ky can't fill that hour with another interested student, so she loses income. If you cannot abide by the cancellation policy, Ky recommends you attend group mat classes or call or email her the day you would like to come in to see if there are any appointments available.[top]

Will Pilates take the place of other exercise?
Pilates will take the place of any strength training and flexibility programs you may currently practice. Generally, Pilates classes do not fulfill the need for cardiovascular exercise and should be supplemented with whatever cardio workout or sports you enjoy. However, Pilates will make cardio workouts easier and more enjoyable![top]

What is the difference between Pilates & yoga?
Pilates and yoga are similar but have a few fundamental differences. Joseph Pilates studied yoga and used it to help formulate his unique system. Yoga is practiced on a mat using only your own body as resistance, and is focused on holding poses or asanas to generate strength and heat. Pilates is practiced either on mats or on the specialized equipment Joseph Pilates designed. More movement-based than yoga, Pilates is focused on properly executed, controlled motions that strengthen and stretch your muscles, particularly working your inside core muscles and radiating outward.[top]

How often should I practice Pilates?
How often you practice Pilates depends on your individual goals and needs. If you are preparing for a wedding or other major event, you can safely practice Pilates every day! Most students attend classes or sessions 2-3 times per week. If you can only come once per week, you will still benefit from Pilates, however, it will take longer to see and feel results. Ky recommends that rehabilitation clients come at least 2 times per week, and expects them to practice home exercises at least every other day.[top]

Will Pilates help me lose weight?
While Pilates is not usually a cardiovascular workout in the beginning, it is a helpful component of a successful weight-loss program. Pilates will help you condition and tone your body, making it easier for you to perform cardiovascular exercises. You will also feel better and look as if you have lost weight because your posture will be improved, your body will be more toned and lengthened, and you will have more energy and vitality![top]

What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Your teacher should be able to see your body clearly, so don’t wear baggy clothing. Tights or bike shorts should be worn under loose-fitting shorts for privacy. Pilates is practiced without shoes and socks are optional—those with grips are ideal because they are sanitary and have traction for safety. Please avoid wearing heavy scents for the comfort of others.[top]

What should I bring to my first class?
Please wear comfortable but not baggy exercise clothes and preferably socks with grips. If you are a rehab client, please bring any communication you have had with your doctor regarding your Pilates program, and copies of relevant MRIs and/or X-rays. Please also bring cash or check for payment.[top]

What will happen during my first class?
Your first class will focus on assessment and intake, as well as learning the basic fundamentals of Pilates. Ky will review your medical history with you, and assess your posture, body alignment and goals. You will begin learning the fundamentals of Pilates to ensure that future sessions will be as efficient and productive as possible.[top]

What do the levels (beginning, intermediate & advanced) of Pilates mean?
There are many different levels of Pilates exercises, offering hundreds of choices to teachers and students. Because Pilates is such a controlled and precise form of exercise, it requires you to master the beginning sequences in order to progress safely and productively to the next level. Typically, these levels of classes correspond to the length of time you have studied Pilates, but a better way to determine your level is to ask your teacher. Class levels only correspond to group situations; in a private session, you can practice different levels of exercises each session, depending on your particular needs and strengths.[top]

When can I take intermediate classes?
You can progress to intermediate-level classes once you and your teacher feel you have a grasp of the fundamentals and can do most of the beginning-class exercises with ease. Ky encourages beginning students to try intermediate classes whenever they want a challenge. If it is too much, you will have a goal to work toward—you may surprise yourself! Students are usually ready to progress to intermediate-level classes after 2-6 months of beginning-level classes, but since everyone is unique, Ky encourages you to ask your instructor for a recommendation.[top]

When can I take advanced classes?
Advanced classes are taught at a very rapid pace and progression. They are usually taught in a series so intermediate students who want to truly challenge their mind and body can safely and effectively participate. Instructor permission is mandatory for participation in advanced classes.[top]