At Roper Physical Therapy, we believe that awareness is choice, especially when it comes to your health and overall wellness. Therefore, we offer several options in classes to compliment our myofascial release appointments as well as the different bodies with different goals that come through our doors. For Pilates, we offer group workshops for those interested in trying Pilates as well as one-on-one sessions.
Some new times for one-on-one Pilates sessions at Roper Physical Therapy have recently been added, so I sat down with our Pilates instructor, Megan Gelabert-McGee, PMA-CPT to talk about how a one-on-one Pilates session works and why it may be especially beneficial to you.
Interviewer: What can you gain from a private Pilates session that you would not get from a group class?
Megan: One-on-one sessions are truly the most beneficial scenario for learning Pilates. Bodies are naturally structured so differently, be it with an injury or without. Through a private session, the hour is specifically tailored to you and your body – meaning I create a unique program strengthening and stretching what is most constructive towards your physical health. Group sessions can be useful once you have a good sense of the Pilates foundations, but odds are the instructor has pre-planned the class and may not be keen to movements you should avoid.
Interviewer: What makes Pilates at Roper PT different from a class at your local gym?
M: What makes Pilates at Roper PT different is the fact you have access to physical therapists at your fingertips which is rare at a gym. I am in communication with your PT about your body and its needs, and I can receive feedback on movements to pursue/avoid. Also, if you’re into a mind/body practice, the therapists are yoga therapy trained, adding to the expertise on site.
Interviewer: What makes classical Pilates different?
M: Classical Pilates really draws on the theories of Joseph Pilates rather than just the exercises themselves. Joseph Pilates always intended his system of movement to be a mind/body idea – to be present in your movement and understanding where it initiates from is the most effective (and safest) way to move. The more Pilates gets filtered down away from the classical teaching, it becomes more mindless movement.
Interviewer: What can you expect from a private Pilates class with you?
M: Fun! Firstly I’ll get to know you – definitely the history of your body and any past injuries. I also want to know anything you think is important about yourself: you’re used to cardio but you need to slow down, you’re uncomfortable doing backbends, you love any hip stretches. Your first ten(ish) sessions will be a lot of learning. You’ll learn the foundation of the Pilates principles and the pre-exercises, followed by the classical sequence of the matwork. As you progress and get stronger, you’ll learn the flow of the matwork and to change it up, we’ll throw some props in or do some work on the Chair. I will always demo and show you what’s needed, but primarily I’ll be watching and noting the patterns that exist as you perform the movements. If needed, I can write down some of the exercises for you to practice at home. Laughter is also encouraged!
Interviewer: Let’s say that I have been doing Pilates for years. Why would I need a one-on-one class?
M: As mentioned above, there really is nothing like an eagle-eyed instructor to help guide and cue your movement. It’s not to point out everything that you’re doing wrong, it’s to further enhance the quality of your movement, locating the right muscles, so you do the same in everyday life. You’ll suddenly become much more in tune with your body to the point that you will notice tendencies you have had for years that may have caused some of the pain that brought you to Roper PT in the first place. For instance, with more body awareness, you may realize that you stand consistently on your right leg and maybe that’s what is causing that nagging pain in your right hip. Group classes are great for upkeep, but private sessions really are where discoveries are made.
Interviewer: What if I just suffered an injury and I am scared to try Pilates, one-on-one or otherwise. Why should I try a private Pilates class?
M: Hesitancy is certainly understood when it comes to an injury. They can be detrimental to our well-being. It may be more comforting to schedule a session with one of our physical therapists who I can then have a conversation with about the safest approach for you. After that, I can create a plan you feel 100% comfortable with. The main focus of Pilates is not just finding your abdominals, but your powerhouse, the awareness of your entire center (think abs, glutes, spine, etc) and the anatomy/alignment within. Gaining information and strengthening this equals a strong defense against any injury.
To learn more or sign up for one of our private Pilates sessions, please contact Roper PT by Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Call Us at 980-298-6706. You can also email Megan directly at email@example.com.