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Check our frequently asked questions section for more information about Pilates. Feel free to contact us when you have more questions.

  1. What are those strange appliances in an authentic pilates studio used for?
  2. I'm 65 years old and I have never trained in my whole live. Is it too late to start now?
  3. How ofter do I have to do pilates training?
  4. Is it possible that certain muscles get too strong?
  5. I can't find my abdominal muscles. Could it be that I haven't got any?
  6. Can I prevent stiff shoulders and a stiff neck after office work?
  7. I'm pregnant and I have never before practised pilates. Is there any point in starting now?
These appliances were designed to challenge the body working thanks to using the resistance of the springs. In our studio we start to teach the basic exercises on the Mat in the first sessions in order to familiarize the body with the technique of the Pilates training bit by bit. At a later stage we start to use the appliances and the accessories to intensify the training and to adept it to the individual needs.
Never! It is never too late to start Pilates training! You will begin very gently and you'll be surprised how the muscles react to the performing of the exercises. Consult your GP if there are any contraindications, just to be on the safe side. Bring with you any recent medical reports so that we are able to determine which exercises are appropiate for you. Training elderly people is very rewarding because they usually improve very quickly and they are often very devoted/committed.
The perfect way is to follow a Pilates session every other day, certainly at the beginning to find out more quickly what Pilates stands for. This way the muscles don't get tired/exhausted but 'they will remember' how the movements of the previous session felt like. It steps up your improvement. Once you have reached a certain level it will be sufficient/enough to perform a number of exercises for 5 to 10 minutes a few times a week to keep the body in Pilates shape and to alternate with one to two training sessions in the studio by which you improve your skills and your body awareness. Beside there are a large number of functional movements you can do/ insert in your daily routine, whether you are doing the dishes, driving the car or queueing in the supermarket... You will be taught all this.
Absolutely! Almost every group of muscles corresponds with a muscle group that provokes just the opposite movement in a joint, each flexor muscle has an opposite stretching one. When one group gets stronger than the other one it draws the joints out of their usual position. In the Pilates studio we identify the muscle groups that are too strong and we train the one that has the opposite working in order to bring the body in balance again.
Everyone has abdomina muscles but with some people they have are weakened enormously. Without stomach muscles you wouldn't be able to walk or move. If you stay focused on the stomach muscles exercises in each Pilates session and if you keep drawing in and up the belly button/umbilicus to the spine column during the day whenever you think about it, you will definitely get more control of your stomach muscles within a few weeks.
Make sure your chair stands close to your desk so that you can keep your forearms at a straight angle (with regard) to your body. Your knees should be bent at a straight angle with your feet flat on the floor. Never sit cross-legged! If you have to lean forward the best way to do it is from the hips and not from the lower back. Don't sit in this position for more than 30 minutes. Make sure the computer screen is placed correctly and try to take a break regularly to perform some easy Pilates exercises.
Absolutely! The Pre-and Postnatal Pilates programme suits every woman who's given permission by her GP or gynaecologist and is totally adapted to what is in her reach. Everything happens in a gentle way and with respect in a relaxed/relaxing atmosphere. You determine what you feel up to.