Walking into a Pilates studio for the first time can be daunting. A quick glance around will reveal a variety of odd-looking apparatus, but you may wonder how your body could actually engage with them.
Whether on the apparatus or the floor, your instructor will prompt you to concentrate on finding and engaging your core muscles, on your breath, the contraction of your muscles, and the quality (not quantity) of your movements. These are the key elements of Pilates, and your instructor will emphasize them at every session. The objective is a coordination of mind, body, and spirit, something Joseph Pilates called “contrology.”
When you dress for a Pilates workout,first, make sure your clothes ‘give’ enough to let you move and stretch fully. Your instructor will need to be able to see your body well enough to see the alignment of your bones and how your muscles are engaging – so while loose is OK, baggy is not. You will not need footwear in the studio although for hygiene and gripping on the apparatus we do suggest TOESOX that can be purchased at the studio. However, Pilates can be done barefoot.