During your first appointment, your Pilates instructor will begin with an assessment of your general health, medical history and lifestyle. They will then do a postural analysis to understand your current alignment, flexibility and mobility. After this initial assessment, your Pilates instructor will explain a suitable programme of exercise and treatment to suit your needs.
Pilates exercises take place on a mat or by using work-out equipment. In a Pilates studio, you will see some unusual physical exercise equipment. This equipment has been specifically designed for resistance work enabling the muscles to be stretched without any weight-bearing on the joints. Your session may not utilise the equipment but if it does, be assured that your instructor will inform you what it does and how to use it.
Your Pilates instructor will then guide through various stretches and exercises on the mat. Once you are comfortable with the Pilates techniques, you may start to use the exercise equipment. The equipment has names like 'Cadillac', 'Reformer' and 'Wunda Chair' and comprises of springs, pulleys and straps. If your Pilates instructor feels a session of massage
would be beneficial, this will be carried out too.
After your session, your Pilates instructor will discuss the experience with you and recommend any follow-up sessions and exercises to do at home. People experience different sensations after treatment such as invigoration and pain relief. Some people feel tired
or a bit sore after Pilates while others experience headaches
or emotional changes. These effects, however disruptive to your usual state, are a sign of the body responding to Pilates.