Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new…. 

What to expect:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early on your first time at the studio
  • Speak to Sharon or Hannah at the desk
  • Complete New Client Forms
  • Place shoes and bags in the baskets
  • Turn your cellphone to silent
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Have fun!

Signing up for classes:

  • Search and Download ‘Reach Pilates Studio’ app from iTunes or Google play
  • Sign up and create your password
  • Purchase classes or an Intro package
  • Book your class or appointment for Private

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Phone or email or come in to the studio and we will help you purchase your Intro package, session or class.

We hope these frequently asked questions help you get up to speed …

Bring a towel, water bottle, wear comfortable exercise clothing and clean socks. Specific pilates grip socks are available for purchase at the studio.

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

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.

Ideally, we recommend 2-3 visits per week but understand this isn’t possible for everyone. If one visit per week is more realistic then practice at home is encouraged. As with everything, the more you practice, the more you’ll get out of it!

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

A ‘Reformer or Apparatus Class is group instruction where exercise is not tailored specifically to individual needs. We do aim for variation from class to class however and offer general modifications to suit different abilities were possible.

A Private session (1:1) is a personalised program overseen by the instructor. For those that want and need personal attention due to injury, chronic pain, chronic disease, or prefer to workout one on one with an instructor. Great for those who prefer focused attention and support.

The most fundamental difference between the two is that yoga has deep philosophical roots. It focuses on uniting body, mind and spirit to bring about harmony and well-being. Pilates also places great emphasis on the body and mind connection, but the emphasis is on controlled, precise movements executed with complete focus and breathing technique.

If you are new to Pilates and have a chronic injury, you will need to book a ‘Private session’ to ensure you find the right class or session with our instructors. This is best done as an introductory package as it gives you the best price to ascertain whether the Reformer and Apparatus or continuing Private classes are best for you.

Yes, for safety reasons we need to make sure you can use a reformer machine correctly. The Private Session is an opportunity for us to to get to know you and your goals and ensure the classes you want to join are right for you. If you have done Pilates before, are aware of your limitations and understand how to correctly modify exercises, then you can join an appropriate group class without the need for a Private session.

The Pilates reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. The origins of the Pilates reformer date back to the original Pilates studio in New York in the 1920’s and was designed by Joseph Pilates himself.

The intensity can be varied considerably from one person to the next due to the varied strength of springs, making it an incredibly versatile piece of equipment to use as a workout or rehabilitation tool.

The reformers can be used as a sport specific cross training tool. The use of the reformer works on muscle endurance, peripheral joint stability, muscle strength, balance, co-ordination and much more.

The reformer is great for rehab purposes too as it allows the client to exercise in a horizontal plane of motion and not be vertically loaded and weight bearing through their legs. For example if a client has had knee surgery or a knee injury, this horizontal plane enables you to strengthen the muscles of the leg through a larger range of motion using a lighter resistance than their body weight, speeding up their recovery through controlled movement.

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.

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.

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