1. I am new to Pilates, what classes should I start with?

If you are new to Pilates, we recommend that you take up the Jump Start programme of four private sessions. In these sessions, we teach foundation work so that you understand the Pilates principles in order to achieve an efficient workout.

2. I have back pains. Is Pilates suitable for me?

Yes, Pilates is beneficial for individuals with back problems. Through consistent practice, you can manage your back pains. You will learn how to strengthen your core and back muscles, protect your spine and target the strained area thereby providing pain relief.


3. I am currently receiving medical treatment for my back. Can I still do Pilates?

If you have been receiving medical treatment for your back, we ask that you bring along your doctor’s letter indicating your condition so that we can understand your state of health and work complementarily with your treatment.


4. How often should I do Pilates to see results?

You should make it a point to do Pilates consistently in order to see effective results. As a rule, you should aim for 2 to 3 times a week.



5. Once I reach my goal, can I stop doing Pilates?

Our goal is to help you achieve your fitness goals and manage your back pain. Physical fitness is a lifelong commitment and to reap the benefits of Pilates, we encourage you to make Pilates an essential part of your life. You may, however, stop your programme any time. Please continue to put in practice what you have learnt during your programme.


6. I have stopped doing Pilates for some time. Can I return to my old programme?

You can certainly return to Pilates and we are happy to welcome you back. Depending on how long you have stopped, we may need to review your old programme and make changes where necessary to fit your current goals and fitness.


7. Will Pilates help me to lose weight?

Pilates will help you to build lean muscles which will increase the metabolic rate and therefore burn calories. You can lose weight from Pilates for this reason. Bear in mind that you should also have a balanced diet to receive proper nutrition.


8. How is Pilates for Therapy different from other studios?

At Pilates for Therapy, our instructor is a certified Pilates teacher and has worked extensively with many clients who have back injuries.

Sessions are private 1-on-1 and the programme is personalised for you. The instructor will look at your form to make sure you are doing the exercises safely and correctly. By doing exercises correctly, it ensures that you work the correct muscles and get most effective workout in that session.

The great thing is because the session is dedicated to you, you can exercise safely without needing to feel uncomfortable with the body you have or pressurised to have a perfect body. You work with the body you have and have fun doing it!


9. How is Pilates for Therapy different from a gym?

Unlike gym classes where the classes can accommodate as many as 40 people in a class, our sessions are kept small. To be exact, our sessions are 1-on-1!

In a gym setting, as the classes are big, the instructor is not able to watch out for everyone and ensure they are doing the exercises safely and correctly. Most people end up doing the exercises wrongly and some end up hurting themselves!

In the gym, the classes are catered for the masses and may not suit those with back injuries. If you have a back injury, the risk of you hurting yourself is very high, more so if the teacher is not able to provide you with full attention!

10. Besides private 1-on-1 sessions, do you conduct other classes?

From time to time, we conduct special outdoor mat classes. Such classes would be suitable for those who do not have major back issues and just want to move. Contact us at lavinia@pilatesforpain.com for more details on these classes.


11. Is Pilates the same as Yoga?

Many people often think Pilates and Yoga are the same. Though both are focused on mind-body exercises, there are still some differences between the two. Here are the main differences:

a) Yoga tends to originate in spirituality, and may have elements of chanting, meditation and emphasizes mind-body-spirit union. Pilates is more scientific in nature, since it started out as a method to rehabilitate injured German soldiers during World War I. As such, Pilates has a greater focus on alignment and anatomy than yoga.

b) Pilates focus on your core muscles and work the abdominals, lower back and pelvic muscles. This makes achieving a flatter and firmer stomach more likely with Pilates than yoga.

c) Besides mat work, Pilates also uses apparatus like the Reformer. These machines have springs to create resistance and give support to make it easier or harder for the muscles, allowing versatility in challenging the muscles appropriately. Yoga is often focused on purely mat work.

d) Pilates focus on how movements can be applied to daily life in walking, sitting or in sports like swimming, golf, basketball, soccer. This functional movement aspect is usually missing in yoga.

12. What should I wear?

You should come in comfortable exercise attire that allows you to move comfortably. We recommended that you wear exercise attire that are tight fitting so as to allow the instructor to see your body alignment and movement.

You should also wear a pair of socks for hygiene purposes. No other footwear is required.



13. Can’t I learn Pilates at home from Youtube or DVD?

Although it is possible to learn Pilates on your own, it is recommended that you train with a certified Pilates instructor who will ensure that you are working out safely. At Pilates for Therapy, the instructor had undergone comprehensive training to receive the certification and continues to go for continuous learning. As such, our instructor is qualified to look at your form to make sure you are doing the exercises safely and get the most out of your workout. In addition, if you have any back pains or physical conditions, it is imperative that you work with a well-trained instructor who can customize the programme for you to prevent further damage.



14. Is Pilates only for women?

Absolutely not! Pilates or Contrology as it was originally known was developed by Joseph Pilates while serving in an internment camp in England during World War I. He developed it for soldiers and took the method with him when he settled in New York. Dancers embraced the method as Pilates rehabilitated their injuries and allowed them to return to dancing.

As word of its benefits got around, more people including top athletes, celebrities began to take Pilates.

Today, it is no secret that Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Andy Murray, the New Zealand All Blacks team do Pilates and have used Pilates to up their games.



15. I am pregnant. When can I start attending prenatal classes?

You should start Pilates as early as possible. Starting early will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to prepare you for your baby’s birth and post-birth recovery.

If you have been taking Pilates with us, please inform us of your pregnancy so that we can review and update your Pilates programme accordingly.