What is Pilates?

Originally called “Contrology”, Pilates, (pronounced “Pa-la-teez”), is a fitness system developed by Joseph H. Pilates during the early 1900s. The program focuses on the postural muscles that provide support for the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.

How often should I try and attend a Pilates class to start seeing results?

For most clients, we recommend 2-3 times per week. If you can’t be in the studio that often, you can supplement with a mat routine at home. We generally work with clients in Private sessions to develop an at home plan that is tailored to their unique needs.

Once purchased, do my sessions expire?

Packages expire 60 to 90 days after the date of purchase.  We will remind you if you have sessions that are expiring soon.


What is your cancellation policy?


As long as you cancel more than 24 hours before your appointment, you can cancel free of charge. There is an "early cancel" feature you can use in our scheduling software. We prefer that you cancel that way as opposed to leaving a message on the answering service, so that the instructor knows immediately. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, you will be charged for the session. 

How does Pilates benefit other higher impact workouts?

Pilates works synergistically with other forms of exercise to balance the body. Many sports over develop one side of the body or one muscle group. Pilates works the entire body evenly and utilizes eccentric and isometric movements to add strength without adding bulk.


What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates are similar in that they both focus on strengthening the “core”. Pilates does this through the employment of discreet muscle movements, whereas Yoga strengthens by moving through postures. Breathing techniques and spinal alignment in the exercises or postures differs as well.

Why should I go to a Pilates studio if I can take free Pilates classes at the gym?

The main difference between Pilates classes at a gym and at a Pilates studio is class size, certification level, and use of equipment. Typically, gym classes are larger and less supervised. This can be dangerous for students who have not mastered the principles and fundamentals of Pilates before engaging in advanced exercises. Some instructors will give modifications to less experienced students, but it is hard for even the best instructors to be aware of too many people at one time. This could result in injury, particularly if the instructor is unaware of a preexisting condition or has not been properly trained to modify their exercises. Classes at LWR Pilates have 5 students as a maximum. Our instructors have gone through comprehensive training programs of 400 hours or more. Most gyms do not offer Pilates machines, which you will always find in Pilates studios. 

First time to Studio

If you are new to the Pilates Method, you should know that Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise for clients of all ages and levels of athleticism. Pilates strengthens and tones muscles by working them not just concentrically, like most exercise regimes, but isometrically and eccentrically as well. It improves posture, flexibility and balance, increases mind-body awareness, and creates a more streamlined shape.

What you’ll need for your appointment:

  • Socks – preferably no-slip socks such as “Toe Sox”.

  • Clothing designed for movement – Yoga pants, shorts, skorts, t-shirts or tanks. You don’t want the clothing to be too baggy. No skirts or dresses.

  • Hair tie or clip for longer hair. 

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