Pilates

About Pilates

Pilates is a system of therapeutic exercises originally developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates. These exercises are designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body with an emphasis on the breath, mindfulness, alignment, and coordinated, flowing movement.

InsideOut offers Classical Pilates instruction with Third and Fourth Generation Instructors. Clients receive in-depth instruction in the Classical Pilates exercise repertory as well as insights from a diverse array of therapeutic and somatic approaches.

Pilates Benefits

As a comprehensive movement system, Pilates can be individually tailored to meet your needs and goals for overall fitness and well-being, athletic training, rehabilitation, or pain management. At IOBT, Pilates exercises can be modified to meet the needs of almost anyone - no matter age or fitness level. Our staff has years of experience working with many different body types and specific client needs or goals, including:

Pilates
  • Increased fitness
  • Overall tone and body shaping
  • Better strength and flexibility
  • Stress reduction
  • Experiencing the joy of a fun and invigorating workout
  • Improved sports performance (especially golf, tennis, basketball, running, swimming, and biking)
  • Pre- and post-natal fitness and rehabilitation
  • Low back pain management
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Organ transplant recipient and donor fitness and rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain management

Pilates Equipment

In order to keep the level of the class consistent and to ensure client safety, InsideOut requires that new clients take two Private Pilates sessions before signing up for Equipment Classes. If you have questions concerning this policy, please email the studio. You may also contact the instructor of an Equipment class through info@insideoutbodytherapies.com as well. InsideOut also offers clients new to Pilates and new to Equipment classes, a 2 for 1 Private special for $70.

Today's spring-loaded Pilates equipment has evolved over the decades to facilitate recovery from a variety of different injuries and coordination difficulties. Spring tension gives the body proprioceptive feedback, which in turn stimulates the gravity orientation (or postural) system. Effective and appropriate stabilization and sequencing can then be trained so that these new skills are easily integrated into your daily life. Many Pilates exercises are performed lying down on the equipment which can facilitate a gentle progression from non-weight-bearing to full weight-bearing activities. When you have success with movement and a positive movement experience, you can shift the perception that movement causes pain. Working out on Pilates equipment can not only be therapeutic, it also can be challenging and fun.

Pilates equipment is versatile, allowing for many different body types, sizes, and conditions to be comfortably accommodated. At IOBT, we use:
  • The Reformer
  • The Cadillac or Trapeze Table
  • The Low (Wunda) Chair
  • The Ladder Barrel
  • The Foot Corrector
  • The Ped-o-Pull
  • The Pole System

We also offer Pilates mat classes, in which no specialized equipment is used. Mat classes are a wonderful and economical introduction to the work and an essential component to a well-rounded Pilates practice.

Schedule

We offer small group equipment and mat classes as well as mat-based floor classes like Deep Stretch and Sculpting. Please visit the Equipment Class and Floor Class Pages for our current schedules. We do occasionally offer classes in a session format. A "session" is a series of classes that covers a prescribed amount of material in a specific time. Sessions are pre-paid, but drop-ins are welcome if space permits. If a class is in a session format it will be indicated on the schedule. Session descriptions can be found on the Sessions Page. Please email or call us (919.361.0104) if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I see so many options. What's the best way to start?
A: The best way to start is to contact the studio via email or telephone (919.361.0104). Many people really enjoy beginning with mat classes. Others prefer to begin with private sessions. If you are interested in equipment classes, we do ask that all participants (even at the beginning level) take at least two private sessions before attending an equipment class.
Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A: Bring just yourself and a water bottle to stay well hydrated. At IOBT, we provide all equipment you will need for mat classes, equipment classes, and private sessions.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: Most students are comfortable in standard workout wear such as shorts, leggings, tanks tops, tees, etc. Your clothing should be breathable and allow full range of movement, therefore, street wear such as jeans or tailored clothing is not recommended. If you are sensitive to air-conditioning, you may opt to layer a sweatshirt over a tank or tee.
Q: How do I sign up for a class or private session?
A: You can sign up for most classes using our web-based scheduling system. Please sign up for privates instruction, sessions, and advanced equipment classes via email or telephone (919.361.0104).
Q: How much does it cost?
A: For complete pricing information for Pilates classes, sessions, and private or semi-private sessions, please visit our Pricing page.
Q: I really want to lose weight and trim up. Can Pilates help me?
A: At IOBT we are primarily interested in helping you learn how to move more mindfully, efficiently, and in a way that makes your body simply feel better. We strive to create an atmosphere that is free of judgment about size and shape (as difficult as that can be in today's culture) and encourage clients to deepen their understanding of themselves through movement. That being said, we are also here to help you meet your goals.
Pilates can definitely be an integral part of your overall fitness program. In the beginning, Pilates will help you build long, sleek, and strong musculature. It will also help balance the asymmetries and weaknesses in your body, making traditional cardiovascular training more effective and less likely to cause injury. If weight loss is your primary goal, we recommend that you do Pilates in conjunction with regular cardio workouts and nutritional planning. Not only will Pilates help keep your walking, running, biking, and swimming more interesting, it can increase your body awareness, helping you adapt constructively (physically and emotionally) to the healthy lifestyle changes you are making.
At its most advanced levels, Pilates practically becomes an athletic dance that trains your endurance, balance, and coordination in a unique and invigorating way.
Q: Can I do Pilates during my pregnancy?
A: As with any new exercise program, please consult with your doctor and discuss what is best for you. Pilates can provide both a gentle stretching and strengthening of your low back, legs, and arms at a time when your body may not feel like moving at all. Pilates also strengthens your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles in a unique way that is designed to increase the surface area of your abdomen allowing room for your baby to grow. Bringing awareness to the abdomen may also increase blood flow, giving more oxygen and nutrients to your developing baby. Strong abdominals will aid you in your delivery and recovery.
At IOBT, Pilates workouts are designed specifically for each trimester in response to your changing body. In your first trimester, you can take a Beginning Level Pilates Mat class with a few modifications. For the second and third trimesters, duets and private sessions are available for more tailored workouts with the Pilates equipment.
Continuing your Pilates practice after you give birth can help you regain abdominal strength, pelvic floor support, and postural stability. Post-natal private sessions are a good way to transition back into Pilates classes after your baby arrives.
Q: I'd like to give a class as a gift. Do you offer gift certificates?
A: Yes! We offer gift certificates in many denominations, attractively packaged and perfect for birthdays, new moms, holidays and more. Call or email the studio to learn more.
Q: Where can I learn more about Pilates?
A: The following links are excellent resources: