Sessions & Classes
Pilates exercises are broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. In the initial sessions, Pilates is taught slowly, with the main focus on proper form and alignment. Eventually exercises are added as strength and proper alignment increases. Then, the focus becomes fluid movement with precision, breath, and control. A basic Pilates class can even challenge those who have had previous Pilates experience because they understand how to work their bodies, use the Pilates equipment, and get the most out of each exercise. Please consider that when choosing your level.
A 50-55 minute session, consisting of one student and one instructor utilizing the Pilates equipment. This session is highly recommended if you have never taken Pilates before, are injured, or you have not exercised in a long time. A private session will provide the opportunity to have the instructor personalize the workout for you. It will also allow you the time to ask the instructor any questions you may have and allows you to learn the language of Pilates in the most effective manner.
A 50-55 minute session, consisting of two students and one instructor utilizing the Pilates equipment. It is recommended that students interested in duets take private sessions first. A duet will prepare you for the possibility of working out independently in the future. The result of duet sessions produces an understanding of learning the order and spring settings. It is recommended that you supply your own partner, however, we will be able to match you with someone at your level.
A 45-minute Pilates class that is limited to 4 students. These classes focus on the mat system. The class may include some Pilates props, such as Magic Circles, Bands, Balls, and Rollers. Please consult your instructor when interested in changing class levels. It is important that you attend the appropriate level for your ability. Everybody’s process is different.
GROUP MAT AND TOWER CLASS LEVELS:
This Pilates class is for those who are new to Pilates or have less than 3 months experience. A beginner system is taught in this class, as well as some Pre-Pilates exercises and fundamentals. Modifications are given to those who need them. It is important to build a solid foundation in the beginning. Staying at this level for a while is highly recommended. Learning to move from your center, focusing on body alignment, and control are the main focuses in beginner classes.
This class is an open level class. All levels are welcome.
After mastering the Basic level class, the Level I class will be the next step. Previous Pilates experience is a must. Beginning intermediate exercises will be taught at this level. While continuing to focus on body alignment, control, and precision, you will perfect the beginner exercises while learning intermediate exercises.
This is an intermediate Pilates class. This class will focus more on flow, breath, and moving through each exercise without stopping. A solid understanding of the beginner/intermediate exercises is expected at this level. If you are dealing with an injury, please consult the instructor. You may need to modify a lot of these exercises, therefore making this class, not the appropriate level for you.
LEVEL II & III:
This is an intermediate/advanced class. Injury free only. Permission by the instructor only. Flow, breath and moving through each exercise without stopping while slowly introducing Level III exercises is the focus of this class. A solid understanding of the intermediate exercises is expected at this level.
This is recommended only for students who have a lot of previous experience and are injury free. This class progresses through an intermediate/advanced series. Be prepared to sweat! The focus is on all 6 principles at the same time: centering, control, concentration, breath, flow, and precision. Advanced exercises will be introduced and perfected at this level.
This is for clients who have had a Pilates practice for years and/or have been approved for super-advanced Pilates work. Working with different tempos, flowing movement, more repetition and advanced mat exercises, students will leave feeling as if they have been put through the ringer! This class will have a lot of over head work as well as a lot of upper body work. If you have an injury, this is NOT the class for you.
PILATES FOR THE MATURE BODY:
This class is geared for students aged 55 and older. With special emphasis on how basic mat and tower exercises work on an older body, Pilates will be made safe for those who may have certain conditions that occur with age. Modifications will be given for those who need them. Standing balancing exercise will be highlighted. Learn how to safely enter a group class situation for your individual body. This is considered a Tower Class and is priced as one.
COMBO CLASS FOAM ROLLER/PILATES MAT:
The most challenging thing that we do in Pilates is learn to "let go." To let go, mainly of movement patterns that have sub consciously become habits over the years. Due to these improper movement patterns, certain muscles, as well as the fascia that surrounds them, becomes tight and begins to pull on the skeletal structure, leaving us with dis-ease. In this class, we will begin with a series of "stretches" performed on the roller that will massage length into the fascial tissue, and the musculature that it surrounds. This work on the foam roller will bring increased range of freedom to the skeletal structure allowing the possibility for new movement patterns to be practiced. The roller work will be followed by practicing basic Pilates principles which will help set a solid foundation for the beginning of a safe and healthy Pilates journey!
PILATES WITH PROPS:
This is a Pilates prop class. The class will use whatever fun props the instructor decides to use. You may play with the ball, magic circle, foam roller and/or weights. The props will take the exercises you already know and give them a little twist. Some exercises are more challenging while others are made easier with the prop. Come and have some fun and play! This is an open level combo mat/tower class.
PILATES & POSES:
Pilates and Poses is an open level class that combines Pilates Mat and Yoga Poses. This class will help build a foundation for body, mind, and breath connection by increasing strength, balance, and flexibility. Core-building principals of Pilates movement will be explored and complimented by still yoga poses, to create a fluid and empowering class with emphasis on relaxing and concentrating the mind.
RESTORATIVE PILATES MAT:
The class will be broken down into two sections. One section being Pilates Mat work, the second section being stretching, breathing exercises, and release movements to help restore your body. This class may use some props to assist in releasing tight muscles and toxins from your body. This class is not a traditional Pilates Mat class. This is an open level class.
This is a mat class that will take exercises traditionally done on the reformer and move them onto the mat. Without the support of the machine, you will be challenged in ways you never have felt like before. This class is a great option for people looking for something different. Be prepared to sweat!
BASIC HATHA YOGA:
Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga that originated over one thousand years ago. It is a refined, powerful and transformative practice that calls on one the body, breath and mind to work as one. In this class you will be lead through a balanced practice of yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness techniques (samyama) to improve not only the physiological systems of the body, but also steadiness of mind and a more intimate connection to yourself.
There is a 24-hour cancellation policy on all scheduled appointments and group classes. If you fail to cancel within this period, you will be charged the full amount. Please understand that we must enforce this policy strictly. Our instructors are compensated on a per-client basis and have made a time commitment to our studio. We thank you for respecting this policy. There are no exceptions.
PACKAGE EXPIRATIONAll sessions and group classes are offered in a package of 5 or 10 at a discount. All packages of 5 expire within 2 months and packages of 10 expire within four months from the date of purchase. Cards are transferable for use at the Pilates Movement’s NYC Pilates studio only, but are non-refundable.