1. Is Pilates like yoga?

This is probably the number one question we receive. While Joseph Pilates studied yoga, as well as many other mind body modalities, Pilates is different from yoga in that it is a method of exercise, focusing on balancing the body from head to toe. There are a few exercises that resemble some yoga asanas or poses, and we even use the yoga "child's pose" position to stretch and release the low back. But Pilates is unique and provides many benefits not usually found in yoga. The two complement each other extremely well.

2. I haven't worked out in many years. (or) I've never worked out. Can I still do Pilates?

Absolutely! Pilates is a wonderful method for everyone from "couch potatoes" to professional athletes. Because of the customizable format and variations of the hundreds of exercises, everyone starts at their own level and is encouraged to advance safely and at their own pace.

3. What do I wear? Do I need to bring anything to class?

You do not need to bring anything to class except yourself and an open mind and spirit. The Wellness Scoop provides everything you need including quality Pilates' mats, any other equipment and props used in class, and complimentary bottled water.

Socks are required for all private and mat class. You will remove your shoes prior to the class. Beyond that just wear comfortable, workout type clothes that allow for ease of movement. Leotards, tights, biking shorts, cotton tank tops and tee shirts are all acceptable.

4. Is Pilates OK to do during pregnancy?

If you’ve never done Pilates before and are currently pregnant, we do not recommend starting a Pilates routine. Because Pilates works deep abdominal muscles that other fitness programs don’t reach and given the natural changes that occur in the abdominal area during pregnancy, it is best to wait until after you’ve delivered your baby and received clearance from your doctor before trying a core strengthening program as demanding as Pilates. With your doctor’s approval, there may be some rare exceptions depending on your age, pre-pregnancy fitness level and routine, and other factors.

On the other hand, if you have been doing Pilates regularly for at least a few months prior to getting pregnant, and you have your doctor's approval, Pilates is a great, safe way to stay in shape during pregnancy, and can ease labor, delivery and post-natal recuperation. It is also a great way to get your pre-pregnancy shape back after delivery. Peggy Roache is fully trained in pre-natal Pilates and will show you the appropriate modifications for pregnancy.

5. Can I take Pilates if I have an injury or other physical limitations?

The Pilates Method has many variations and approaches, which make it an exceptional way to rehabilitate from an injury. Private lessons are tailored to fit your personal needs, and Peggy has extensive training on and experience with injured and physically limited clients, and will modify the exercises so that you can safely progress and heal. Because Pilates builds core strength and increases flexibility, it is often used to help alleviate the symptoms that accompany neck and back problems.

Peggy is happy to consult with your physician and/or physical therapist about your specific needs. As always, you are advised to speak with your doctor about Pilates prior to beginning any exercise program.

6. How often should I do Pilates? How long will it take to see results?

Joseph Pilates has been famously quoted as saying: “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20 sessions you will see the difference. And in 30 sessions, you’ll have a whole new body.” He based his statement on his recommendation of practicing Pilates at least three times a week. While this may not be feasible for many people with today’s fast-paced busy lifestyles, the more consistent you are in taking classes, the more your body will change and be challenged by the work. You will feel a difference with a once a week practice, almost immediately. But you will experience exponentially greater results if you are able to practice Pilates two to three times a week. At The Wellness Scoop, we will teach you how to incorporate the mat work at home if you are not able to commit to that many instructor-guided workouts. The bottom line is, any time you spend training in Authentic Pilates will be time well spent.

7. Why should I choose The Wellness Scoop?

Established in 2004, The Wellness Scoop is a private, fully equipped Authentic Pilates studio that focuses 100% on its customers. Peggy Roache, the founder and Director of The Wellness Scoop is passionate about Pilates, holistic wellness and helping others live lives of vitality and longevity. She calls it vitevity (pronounced vy-TEV-itee)!

Peggy has been teaching Pilates in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area for over 12 years, and was certified by master teacher and Joseph Pilates protégé, Romana Kryzanowska after a rigorous program that included almost 1000 hours of study, observation, apprenticeship and student teaching. Certification required her to pass three practical and two written exams and she regularly participates in continuing education workshops and seminars to continually expand her knowledge and expertise. Romana’s Pilates is one of the few teacher training programs that still teaches Pilates exactly the way Joe Pilates created it…. The method that has proven itself time and again, since the 1920s to heal, strengthen and invigorate the human body.

Peggy is one of a handful of 2nd generation Pilates instructors in the world. She is known for her patience, compassion and attention to detail, to help you get the most out of your time with her.

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