Welcome to the studio.
Here are some frequently asked questions (and their answers!) to bring ease to your visits
Which class should I attend?
If you are new to working on a Reformer it is recommended that you attend at least three Reformer Essentials classes prior to moving on to our other classes. These classes will teach you the basics of setting up, using and moving on the Reformer as well as the foundations of Pilates. Even if you already have a regular exercise regime it is recommended that you become familiar with the foundations before transitioning on to other classes.
The equipment can seem intimidating at first and most people find it takes a few sessions to feel comfortable on the Reformer. If you are experienced with working on the Reformer you may choose from our full range of classes.
It is my first session, what do I do?
After signing up you would have been emailed our Studio Policies, Physical Activity Readiness form and Waiver and Release of Liability. Please print and complete these forms and bring them with you to your first session. We have copies of these forms at reception should you forget to bring them, but please allow an extra 10-minutes prior to class for this. For your safety, you will not be permitted to attend any session until these forms are completed.
For any session we recommend that you plan to arrive at least 10-minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the class, if you wish to make a purchase then plan to arrive even earlier. Note that we have a strict no late-comers policy for all classes. You may hire grippy socks for your session or purchase grippy socks, ballet socks or ballet flats at the studio, please allow time for choosing your items and completing the transaction.
Upon arrival at the studio you will need to check in with reception to mark yourself present for the class, even if you have already paid for your session. Should a session still be in progress you will be asked to wait in the reception area until the session ends, at which time you may access the studio. Should the studio already be open you will be invited to move into the studio, to place your items into our storage provided, set up your Reformer and await the commencement of your class.
The nature of Pilates training has a strong emphasis on connecting the Transversus Abdominus, a muscle which compresses the abdominal contents. For this reason, we recommend that you do not eat a large meal prior to class and that you do attend the bathroom prior to class.
The Reformer is a specialist piece of equipment comprising a moving platform, springs, pulley’s and straps, plus other equipment may be used in conjunction with the Reformer. It takes some getting used to. If you feel lost after your first class, or like you didn’t achieve a strong workout this is completely normal. With each session you will gain confidence with the equipment and learn how to stabilise your pelvis and scapulae, you will start to build awareness and strength and see the results from the technique.
What packages are available?
In order to secure your sessions, we recommend that you purchase class packages or Personal Training packages. To view all of our options, please visit our Pricing & Packages page here.
How can I reserve my space for a session?
You may book into our classes through the Ox Fitness Lab app (search for Ox Fitness Lab in the app store) or visit www.oxfitnessapp.com. Alternatively, you may pass by one of our studios to register for a space.
All spaces must be paid in advance in order to secure your booking, you can purchase a class package or single class via the app. The class package for Encore Pilates can be used in both locations, The Pearl and The Gatemall.
If you do not hold a valid package you may phone the studio who will place you on a wait list for your preferred class. You will then have 24 hours to process payment for your space however this space will remain unconfirmed until payment is received.
You may attend our studio during opening hours to make payment for your sessions.
Is there a place to store my belongings?
For safety all shoes, bags and other items must be stored in the under-seating storage provided within the studio underneath the windows. We provide hangers within the studio for abaya’s and jackets. You may keep a closed bottle of water and a towel with you next to your reformer.
To avoid disruption we ask that all mobile phones be put on silent mode and are stored with your belongings during class.
Should I have a postural analysis?
A 45-minute static postural analysis and discussion is a useful tool to guide your training. While not medically diagnostic, this analysis can provide guidance regarding muscles which you may need to strengthen or lengthen to improve your posture. An improved posture will in turn improve the functionality of your body as it returns the normal shock-absorbing curves to your spine, can lead to improved joint range-of- motion and stability, reduce pain caused from overstressed muscles and can lead to reduced headaches by decreasing tension within the body.
If you will undertake Personal Trainings at the studio it is highly recommended that you purchase a postural analysis. .
Please be aware that in order for your Trainer to fully assess your posture you will need to wear fitted clothing and she will palpate your bony landmarks for an accurate reading.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of training developed by Joseph Pilates, originally named by him as Contrology. It is a movement method based on the principles of concentration and focus, conscious control over how your body moves, centring movements and stability from the core muscles in the centre of your body, efficient and elegant flow of movement, precision in every move, and deep and coordinated breathing.
Joseph originally used his training method for rehabilitation and later set up his studio in New York in the same building as the New York City Ballet, and so the method became widely used by dancers. The Pilates method strengthens muscles through concentric, eccentric and isometric exercises, providing strength through a full range of motion, especially in small end of range movements, improving freedom of movement and increasing tone of muscles without creating bulk.
In a Pilates class you will move with flowing, focussed, controlled movements, all coordinated with breathing. It will increase your lung capacity, endurance and joint stability as well as improve your posture, balance and coordination. Joseph is famously quoted as saying “In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body”.
What is a Reformer?
Joseph Pilates was an avid inventor and created and licensed many pieces of exercise equipment throughout his lifetime, however he never saw commercial success with these items prior to his death in 1967. Since his passing, the movement practice and exercise equipment developed by Joseph have become highly regarded and the equipment he pioneered is now used worldwide, in both therapeutic and fitness settings.The Universal Reformer is the most easily recognized and widely used piece of large apparatus developed by Joseph. The Reformer is a sliding platform attached to springs and pulleys which utilizes spring loading and your own body weight to strengthen the entire body. The Reformer supports the body whilst you perform movements, allowing you to better isolate, target and focus on the muscles being worked, more than you could by working freely. Exercises can be intensified by decreasing reliance of the supportive factors of the Reformer and moving towards more freely held positions with strong core muscles support.
The equipment can seem intimidating at first, but with regular practice you will increase strength, stability, endurance and focus, and see changes to your physique and your mind to body connection.
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