Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates

Pilates is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises, conditioning the body and engaging the mind.

It’s balanced blend of strength and flexibility improves posture, coordination, balance, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up.

Pilates works the smaller muscle groups that help stabilize the joints to aid in injury prevention, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilzing the core and focusing on breathing technique.

What are the benefits of Pilates? Why would I do it?
  • Strengthen the core muscles;
  • Toned, long and lean muscles without bulk;
  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance;
  • Relieve back and neck pain;
  • Improve the way your body looks and feels;
  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy;
  • Reduce migraines;
  • Strengthen bones – to manage osteoarthritis and osteoporosis;
  • Improve circulation;
  • Assist in recovery from injury;
  • Prevention of injury
  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina;
  • Improve posture;
  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness;
  • Help manage asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and depression.
  • You will feel better physically and mentally, stand taller, move effortlessly and most importantly, feel great!
Can anyone do Pilates?

Pilates is beneficial for people of all ages, fitness levels and body conditions.

I like to think of Pilates as a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy. It can be adapted, modified and customised for individual needs.

Some advanced moves and sequences will challenge the most elite athlete while other exercises are suitable for even the frailest physique.

I have never done Pilates before. What should I expect?

If you’re new to Pilates, take time to review the different types of classes I offer, then choose the one that best suits your needs. In each class I guide you through a set of exercises and provide modifications to the exercises if necessary. There is strengthening exercises and also stretching movements involved.

Beginner Pilates classes move at a slower pace and give you plenty of time to adjust to each exercise. If you have experience with Pilates, you’ll probably be able to adapt quickly to the intermediate class levels (coming soon).

I will soon be offering advanced classes for more experienced.

At the end of class, expect to feel refreshed, both physically and mentally, and surprised at how an exercise that doesn’t involve running or jumping feels like a real workout!

I haven't worked out in a while. Is Pilates still safe for me to try?

I often offer modifications to many of the exercises during classes and encourage you to workout at your own pace. It’s always ok to take a break if you need to during the workouts.

Please see the next question “if i have an injury” to have more detail around this topic.

What if I have back problems and or another type of injury?

What if I have back problems and or another type of injury?


Developing strong core muscles can definitely help improve back problems. Many people find Pilates is an excellent choice for preventing or managing existing injuries. 

Depending on your injury and its severity, I would recommend specific back care programs/classes first before joining general class. I will be developing a back care program in the coming months.

Most movements we do in general classes will improve your back pain. However it depends on your specific back injury. So it is always essential you get a clearance from your physio or doctor before trying classes or exercise programs.

If you are wanting to try classes and you have approval from your physio and doctor it’s best to begin with the Posture Analysis and Principles of Pilates (available in the membership). Then try out some beginner classes. Monitor how your back responds to the movements.

In many of my classes (especially complete beginners) I will let you know alternative options if you feel tension in your back. 

I will be creating specific programs for Neck, Knee and Shoulder injuries as well – coming soon.

Will Pilates help me loose weight?

You will be building and toning your muscles and muscles continue to burn calories, even after you have finished the class.

Sometimes our classes incorporate an element of cardio to help get your heart rate up. It is always good to incorporate some cardio workouts with your Pilates if you are wanting to loose weight. However with a healthy diet and a good mix of classes, you can definitely lose weight.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable workout clothes for ease of movement.  You don’t have to wear shoes.

How long do I have to do Pilates for to see the results?

It’s up to you how often you practice Pilates, however our recommendation to see results is at least two or three times a week.

Joseph Pilates famously said: “In 10 classes you will feel the difference, In 20 classes you will see the difference, and in 30 classes you will have a whole new body.”


It is also important to maintain a proper diet and engage in other activities such as cardio.

Do I need to buy any special equipment to do Pilates at home?

Not at all! However I do suggest using a mat or if you don’t have one you can use a towel. You may also just need a towel to place under your head or hips. Plus keep hydrated by always having water at your reach.

As you progress you may want to explore using different props like circles, bands or rollers but they are not required to get started.

The membership classes currently do not require using equipment however eventually I will be introducing classes with different equipment to add some variety. 

It is not essential you use the equipment. If you do choose to use some equipment, it will often add an extra challenge to your workout.

Do I have to be flexible to do Pilates?

Definitely not! You will enjoy the many benefits of Pilates no matter how flexible you are. Over time, as you continue to practice Pilates, your body will become more flexible.

What is the difference between Yoga & Pilates?

Here are 5 differences and some similarities…

Similarities between Pilates & Yoga

Both help to;

  • Increase body awareness
  • Help concentration
  • Improve posture and alignment of body
  • Help prevent and rehabilitate from injuries

Differences between Pilates & Yoga

PILATES                                                                           

  1. Focuses on strengthening – especially the core and smaller stabilizing muscles of the joins. Pilates works the body with a stable base of support.
  2. Is a more physical form of exercise with a focus on the brth and living a health lifestyle
  3. Pilates is dynamic and usually keeps you moving. There is less holding poses and stretches. Although there are various styles that do add stretches.
  4. Pilates is uses for rehabilitation with great success, and often works alongside physiotherapy. Depending on the style of Pilates is offers modifications suitable for injury and can be tailored to most body types. Sometimes props or equipment are used to help rehabilitation.
  5. Developed by German born, Joseph H. Pilates during World War 1. He drew influences from Yoga and many other forms of exercises such as martial arts, acrobatics and weight lifting.

YOGA

  1. Focuses more on stretching, flexibility and strength. Its focus is more looking at the whole body as the core.
  2. Yoga has a far more spiritual element as well as physical and also focuses on breath and a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Yoga (depending on the style) can be dynamic and have a flow, yet can also focus on holding poses and stretches.
  4. Yoga is also great for rehabilitation, and sometimes also needs to be modified depending on your specific injury. Some yoga styles are better suited for rehabilitation or modifying for your specific body type, such as Iyengar. Yoga also uses props to modify.
  5. Yoga originated in India. The Yoga Sutras (aphorisms or sentences) were written about 2000 years ago by a sage (someone who has attained wisdom) called Pantanjali.

If you would like to read a blog post I have written on the topic please go to; What is the difference between Pilates & Yoga Blog

How do I view the videos?

You can stream the videos from your lap top, iPhone, iPad or set me up on your TV by using an HDMI Cable plugged into your TV!

How much does the ePilates Membership cost?

Only $20 AUD ($13.90 USD) per month for monthly membership.

Only $16.60 AUD ($11.50 USD) per month for annual membership.

This gives you unlimited access to on-demand classes and an ever growing exercise library.

I work out often. Can I take advanced classes?

Working out is different than practicing Pilates. Being in good shape is helpful for any physical activity, but before attempting an advanced pilates class, where I will assume you are already familiar with the fundamentals of Pilates, I suggest you complete the 6 principles, posture analysis and a beginner class to learn the basics, including the names of the exercises that more advanced classes will build upon.

Does ePilates Online offer Intermediate and Advanced classes?

There is currently 1 abdominal focus Intermediate class in the membership.

I will be adding Intermediate and Advanced classes soon. There will be continuous content being added each month.

Can I cancel my membership anytime?

Yes there are no contacts. You cancel your monthly or annual membership anytime.

You will however be charged for the full month or year of the membership paid.

If you decide to cancel your membership prior to the completion of your one (1) or (12) month membership term, no refunds will be given for any unused periods of the term.

How do I cancel my subscription/membership?

Cancelling your membership is easy with Pay Pal. Just cancel your ongoing subscription. 

Cancelling your account will result in terminating your automatic renewal and no further charges will be made to your account. Access to the online video site will remain active until the end of your one (1) or (12) month membership term. If you decide to cancel your membership prior to the completion of your one (1) or (12) month membership term, no refunds will be given for any unused periods of the term.

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds.

Once payment is made, no refunds or credits will be issued. 

If you decide to cancel your membership prior to the completion of your one (1) or (12) month membership term, no refunds will be given for any unused periods of the term.

Who do I contact regarding media or press inquiries?

For media or press inquiries, please email Emma at info@epilateonline.com

How do I renew my membership or does it just continue to roll over?

Monthly Renewal. The initial term of this Membership Agreement shall be for the term of one (1) months (the “Initial Term”) commencing on the date this Membership Agreement is executed. At the expiration of the Initial Term, this Membership Agreement will automatically renew for successive one (1) month periods (each a “Renewal Term” and collectively with the Initial Term the “Term”) unless you provide me with notice of your intent not to renew this Membership Agreement at least three (3 days) prior to the expiration of the then current term.

Annual Renewal. The initial term of this Membership Agreement shall be for the term of twelve (12) months (the “Initial Term”) commencing on the date this Membership Agreement is executed. At the expiration of the Initial Term, this Membership Agreement will automatically renew for successive twelve (12) month period (each a “Renewal Term” and collectively with the Initial Term the “Term”) unless you provide me with notice of your intent not to renew this Membership Agreement at least three (3 days) prior to the expiration of the then current term.

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