Do I need pilates experience to participate in your classes?
It depends on which class. All recorded Reformed Method classes are categorized so you can choose what feels appropriate for you. For beginners, I’ve created a tutorials section in my videos that covers the basics of my classes. Private sessions also offer a great way to understand the fundamentals before joining a group class. Please see class descriptions for all virtual and studio classes.
Why is Pilates such an effective fitness program?
Pilates focuses on control of the muscles, and balancing strength with flexibility. Grounded in the belief that a strong core facilitates healthy movement, the practice helps to strengthen underutilized, intrinsic muscles while learning to relax overworked muscles that cause tension and discomfort. You will learn which muscles are most effective in each type of movement, and how to turn on those muscles, applying that knowledge to everyday activities and other forms of exercise.
What equipment do I need for your classes?
The Reformed Method requires only a small stability ball and Reformed Rehab classes require a foam roller. Light weights will be used but can be substituted with full soup cans or water bottles. Please see virtual studio class descriptions for optional equipment. For in person classes, please wear comfortable, fitted exercise clothes. Grip socks are a good option if your toesies get cold.
How soon after an injury can I take a class?
Always check with your doctor or physical therapist to see when it would be appropriate to resume exercise. Private Pilates sessions are a great option as you continue your recovery. The Reformed Method is designed to help with injury prevention and rehabilitation.
How do I sign up for classes?
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Can I take Reformed Method classes if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! I exercised this way throughout my entire second pregnancy and it helped to keep my spine stable. As with any form of exercise, please check with your doctor first. For a healthy pregnancy, all exercises are safe up to 20 weeks. After 20 weeks, please reach out to me to arrange a time to review appropriate modifications.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates focuses on muscular control and core strength. Yoga was developed originally as a way to train the mind, and can focus on anything from seated breath work to asana, which is the series of poses we commonly associate with yoga, and tends to place more emphasis on flexibility.
Can The Reformed Method classes help me lose weight?
The goal of The Reformed Method is to help you build strength, stability and achieve more functional movement. Building lean muscle can help burn fat. This practice has changed my body more than any form of exercise I’ve participated in.
I have a herniated disc in my back. Can I take Pilates?
Please check with your doctor or physical therapist. Pilates is an excellent tool in building core strength, which helps to stabilize your spine and stop or slow the progression of the factors that contribute to these types of issues. Certain modifications will be needed, and I recommend at least one private session before joining a group class.
Can I take Pilates with pre-existing injuries?
I found this practice when my physical therapist released me and sent me straight to Pilates. Pending doctor or PT approval, Pilates is the best method I know to rehabilitate an injury. I recommend private sessions first, so that I can get familiar with your injury and review modifications before you join a group class.
I have scoliosis. Can I take Pilates?
Yes, yes and yes! I am trained through the Scolio-Pilates method and I also have scoliosis. I wish I had started practicing when I was diagnosed. By building a stronger core, we can effectively create an inner brace to help stabilize your spine, and slow or stop the progression of your curve.
Do I need to take a private session before taking a group class?
While I recommend it, this is not a requirement. The Reformed Method is meant to be accessible for different ability levels and you can choose which class feels right for you depending on your needs. That said, if you are recovering from an injury, I would love an opportunity to meet privately and offer appropriate modifications. If you are new to Pilates, I recommend reviewing the tutorials videos before participating in a class.
How often can I take Pilates classes?
I practice Pilates almost every day! If you are new to the practice, I recommend starting with 2-3 times per week and building from there.
What is your cancellation policy?
For The Reformed Method private sessions and virtual classes, I ask for the courtesy of at least 24 hours notice.
For classes through BBW or NBP, please visit their websites for studio cancellation policies.