Can Pilates help relieve lower back pain?

Pilates is excellent for addressing lower back issues. Because it engages the deep core muscles of the body including the abdomen, psoas, lower back and buttocks, you'll strengthen the muscles that surround and support the spine. This helps reduce back pain, improve posture and ease neck and shoulder tension.

I'm pregnant - What do you suggest?

Congratulations! As you probably know, it's important that you talk with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. We have a lot of experience with pre and post-natal clients who have reported enjoyable pregnancies, easier birthing processes, and faster recoveries thanks to their focused Pilates and movement regime. With pregnancy, we recommend that you work one-on-one with an instructor who can help develop an appropriate program for you and give you the personal attention you need. Through private training, our instructors can also work with you to develop a home program and give you helpful modifications for exercises you can do while attending class, as well as for day to day activities.

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When will I notice results?

You'll immediately feel how these movements engage your body in new ways. How this translates into changes in your body depends on your focus, time commitment, and how your body responds to the exercises. Initially, you may notice changes in your posture. You may feel more flexible and lifted. Over time, you may develop more muscle tone and a slimmer appearance. For best results, we recommend practicing at least 3 times per week, whether in private sessions, class or at home.

I'm overweight and nervous about joining a class - what should I do?

For physical issues and individual needs, we recommend taking one-on-one private sessions. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for everyone who trains at Center of Balance. Our instructors will work with you to develop a safe and effective program to best suit your goals and move you in a positive direction.

What kind of results can I expect?

  • Improved posture, balance, coordination and overall body awareness
  • Longer, leaner muscles
  • Increased core strength
  • Greater flexibility
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Injury prevention
  • Clarity and calmness
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased stamina
  • Boosted self esteem

Is Pilates effective for weight loss?

Pilates and Yoga will help better align your body and stretch and tone your muscles, helping you to lose inches, but not necessarily weight. You will be most successful if you include diet considerations and aerobic exercise, such as swimming, biking, hiking as part of your overall health program.

Is it OK to work with different instructors?

Yes! All of the instructors who teach at Center of Balance are excellent! We have many clients who work with multiple teachers at the studio. For example, they may take privates from one, groups with another, and sprinkle in mat classes with another. Our instructors come from diverse backgrounds and offer unique insights and styles, so there is a lot of benefit to working with different talent. We also generously share our knowledge and skills with one another, as well as keep progress notes on individual clients — this supports a continuity of practice for you! If ever you feel you'd like to try another instructor, or if you feel someone is not a right fit for you, we will readily find another option to support you. Just let us know!

Do you work with seniors?

Yes! We work with many older adults who have made profound changes in their bodies. Our exercise programs help address physical conditions which can worsen with age: poor muscle tone, decreased bone density, aches and pains, decreased energy, hunched posture, stiff joints and tight muscles. Regular exercise and joint mobilization helps us all feel better, at any age!

I want to join an equipment group. How do I do this?

We recommend students interested in joining a group to schedule an Initial Session with one of our instructors for assessment and guidance. We organize our group sessions with students who are at compatible levels and understanding of the repertoire. So, we'd want you to take a few private sessions first to get up to speed with the group. Our Welcome Package offers a discount on private sessions and mat classes. To schedule an Initial Session, please call the studio at (650) 967-6414.

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