FAQ & Studio Policies
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of strength and conditioning that focuses on breathing techniques, controlled movement, learning to move from your center, creating a mind body connection, and moving with precision and flow. Whether you choose an individual session or class, we emphasize these principles in every visit.
What are the machines you use in Pilates?
We use the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and the Springwall to rig up every possible configuration to customize each exercise to your body. Pilates equipment is brilliantly designed and modified to create both the support and resistance you need to feel exercises correctly for your unique body. We like to say the equipment creates an ideal “environment” for your body to feel challenged without strain. At Reforming Foundations, we focus on the movement and use the equipment as a tool to help your body feel good, rather than focusing on using the equipment to devise a standardized workout.
You’ll often hear people say things like, “The reformer is best for an athletic resistance workout.” These are myths we like to debunk here at Reforming Foundations.
Our skilled instructors understand how each and every Pilates exercise differs on each piece of equipment, and what muscle and movement connections you’ll feel on each. One machine isn’t “harder” than another if you use it correctly.
Sometimes lighter springs is more challenging because you have less assistance. This requires you to control the movement with your deepest stabilizing muscles.
Your instructor will provide suggestions for spring settings for each exercise.
The springs help you feel smooth, controlled movement and give you feedback about your body’s positioning in space. They’re ideal for helping you feel correct form as you move. Not every exercise will be slow, but they should always be smooth and controlled from beginning to end. Nothing should hurt or feel straining.
Should I do Pilates if I am pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant?
Pilates is one of the best forms of movement you can do pre and post baby. It is a safe and powerful way to target your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles while gaining hip mobility. Pilates is easily adjustable so you can practice throughout your entire pregnancy.
Instructors reserve the right to refuse clients who are 10 minutes late to class and clients who are 20 minutes late to their individual session. Please call studio to notify of tardiness.
Both group classes and individual sessions have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations within this time period are considered short notice cancelation and will result in a lost session or class. Clients with the Unlimited class package are subject to a $15 short-notice cancellation fee. Our Focus workshops are non-rufundable. If you feel you have a special circumstance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones are not permitted in class and must be turned off or silent and stored in your locker during class.
Life happens and sometimes we need to make adjustments in our instructor schedule. Class instructors may change at short notice. You will be notified ahead of time in your individual session instructor changes and will be given the option to reschedule.
If you hold a standing appointment with one of our instructors and find yourself constantly cancelling, you may be at risk of losing your standing appointment.
Athletic clothing as well as sticky socks are required. No jeans, zippers or buttons are permitted as these can damage the vinyl. New clients receive free sticky socks with the purchase of their first package! Light clothing or a robe is required for the Infrared Sauna.