Pilates FAQ

Pilates machines look like torture devices! 

Some Pilates equipment can look like some kind of medieval torture device! And yes we would have to agree!!  But have no fear! These strange looking machines with springs and bars and swings were actually designed for good! Not evil!  You will most likely feel much better after being on one.  The most commonly used pieces are the reformer, the cadillac, the wunda chair and the mat, but there are several other small pieces of equipment.

Can I claim insurance on my pilates classes

 Health rebates are only available for the Rehabilatation Pilates run by our qualified osteopath.  However insurance companies are becoming increasingly aware of the positive effects pilates has on both maintaining a healthy body and preventative care. Therefore many of them are openng up their doors to certified pilates instructors.  So it may be possible for you to get some rebate from our qualified pilates instructors however you must check with your insurance company as to the level of your coverage and if so what they require from us.  Some insurance companies may require you to sign a living well form written by a GP or by our onsite osteopath.  It must be noted that Health Rebates (whilst understandably worth considering) should be the least important factor in choosing a Pilates Studio. The highest priority when considering undertaking Pilates should be whether it is the right style for you and whether the Pilates Practitioner has the relevant training.

 

What are your payment terms?

Payment can be made, either by credit card, eftpos, cash or cheque. For instant claims on-the-spot for claiming rehab pilates we can offer you the convenience of HICAPS (Health Industry Claims and Payments Service). Be sure to contact your health fund provider to find out if Osteopathy is included under your “extras or axillary” cover. You will be required only to pay the remaining gap.

 

What are the benefits of PILATES?

The physical and mental benefits are enormous. Here are just a few…..

Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)

Improves posture

Increases core strength/ joint stability and peripheral mobility

Assists in injury prevention

Promotes functional fitness

Conditions body and balances strength & flexibility

Increased body awareness and proprioception

Low impact – easy on the joints

Improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, etc.)

Improves balance, coordination & circulation

Is PILATES like Yoga?

Pilates exercises done on the floor (mat work) can be very similar to Yoga. Both are mind/body programs with a specific breathing technique. However Pilates uses its breathing technique for a different reason to Yoga. Some mat exercises may simulate Yoga movements however the principle is different. Very few Yoga styles incorporate the deep core work used in the Pilates method.

When Pilates exercises are done on the reformer bed with resistance it becomes a unique workout and very different to yoga. The goal with PILATES is to achieve functional fitness.

I have a bad back and or I am injured…Will I be able to do PILATES?

You should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine and if you are uncertain about a muscular skeletal issue or injury, an assessment with our osteopath  or your own manaul health care professional will help clarify whether or not you are ready to start rehab/studio pilates or whether  you require further treatment.

The following distinction needs to be highlighted:

For those managing a back problem that is under control, general fitness classes are acceptable.

For those with back issues that need treatment or rehabilitation, Pilates should be done under the supervision of our primary health care professional (osteopath) under the rehab pilates  until they are given the “all clear”.

How long will I have to do PILATES before I see results?

If only doing Pilates, 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes. If you participate in other physical activities 1-2 classes per week is still going to give you a result.

Can I lose weight with PILATES?

Pilates like any form of exercise will facilitate weight loss.

Can I cross-train with PILATES?

Absolutely! Pilates benefits all forms of exercise and will help you use your body better in whatever sport or daily activities you currently do. In fact, we recommend that you undertake more than one type of exercise.

If I’m doing PILATES, should I still do my regular workout?

Yes. PILATES is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. Combining it with  cardiovascular exercise  whether it be walking, running, aerobics, swimming, cyling etc, is a great way of maintaining general fitness.

 

What should I wear to a PILATES class?

Comfortable close-fitting clothes are best.  Pilates instructors tend to focus on  correct technique and precision of movement so it is  important for them to see the way the body is moving.  Socks are essential for the pilates studio and due to government health regualations must be worn.  You can purchase a range of specially designed pilates socks at the studio.  We recommend that you bring your own towel and water bottle,  however there is filtered water provided at the studio.

How do I book online?

Just click any of the ” book now” icons next to the particular classes or “Book Online Now” tab at the top right hand corner of every web page and it will direct you to the online booking system. Alternatively you can click on Timetable and click on any of the  classes you want at a particular time.    You will firstly be prompted to create a username and password. Once this is done you are free to  book, reschedule, cancel  all pilates classes and Osteopathic appointments online. It is that simple.

 

What if there is no class at the time I want?

We will always do our best to accomodate you so if you cannot find a time that is right for you online. Please dont hesitate to call us as we may be able to open up a time for you if we have enough people in a class.

What happens if I need to cancel/reschedule my class?

Please note that 24hrs notice must be given if you need to cancel or reschedule a class or full fee will be charged . You can either give us a call or better still go online and or download our new phone app and you can do it yourself from there.

Where can I put my bag and valuables?

There are small baskets under the seat on the outside balcony where we leave our shoes and valuables. However you are welcome to leave keys and wallet inside the studio in the specially designated drawers in the kitchenette on the fridge.

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