Frequently Asked Questions


STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original method of Pilates created by Joseph Pilates. It includes modern principles of exercise that increase the awareness of the mind-body connection as well as stability and mobility of the spine.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • longer, leaner muscles
  • improves posture
  • increases core strength
  • improves balance, strength, and flexibility
  • brings awareness to the mind-body connection, therefore helping to identify the targeted muscles

Is Pilates similar to Yoga?

In some respects, Pilates and yoga are similar. They are both mind-body methods of exercise. Yoga focuses on one static posture to the next and Pilates incorporates a flow of movement using resistance equipment. Pilates helps to strengthen and lengthen muscles while achieving functional fitness.

I have taken Pilates at other studios. What sets Claremont Sanctuary Pilates apart?

Claremont Sanctuary Pilates is equipped with state-of-the-art STOTT PILATES® equipment. The studio has a beautiful private room for more privacy as well as an open, airy group room.

Our instructors are well-trained and certified in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Jump board Interval, Pre and Post Natal, Rehab including breast cancer survivors and breast augmentation. Our studio offers a safe, well-maintained environment that allows the client to get the benefits of fitness, as well as a friendly, comfortable experience to make it as enjoyable as possible.

What should I wear to Pilates?

Comfortable clothing. Exercise pants and tops are preferred. Either barefoot or socks work best on the equipment.

Comfortable clothing. Exercise pants and t-shirts are preferred. Shorts may be worn with close-fitting exercise shorts underneath. Either bare feet or socks work best on the equipment.

I have back pain. Can Pilates help?

Pilates emphasizes strengthening and balancing the muscles throughout the entire body and especially the core. Once the core is strong, the spine is supported. Pilates also lengthens the muscles throughout the body increasing flexibility taking the stress off the hips and lower back. In many cases, Pilates reduces or alleviates back pain.

I have recently been injured or had surgery. My doctor has cleared me for exercise. Is Pilates safe for me?

Pilates is excellent for getting back in shape post-rehab. It is gentle enough on the joints, yet very effective for strengthening the areas that have been injured. Physical Therapists are discovering the benefits of Pilates and have started using it during the rehabilitation process.

I am an athlete. Will Pilates enhance my performance in my sport?

Pilates is an excellent complement to any sport. It will enhance your athletic performance by strengthening all the large and small muscle groups, increasing your flexibility, core strength, balance, and coordination. Professional athletes, as well as Olympic athletes now,  include Pilates as part of their training regimen. Whether you play golf, tennis, soccer, basketball, football, swim, dance or any other activity, Pilates helps to strengthen your game and reduce risk of injury.

I am pregnant. Can Pilates help me through my pregnancy and delivery?

If your doctor has approved you for exercise throughout your pregnancy, Pilates will help you through the pregnancy and the delivery. Pilates helps to keep the back strong and strengthens the muscles you will use during delivery and while caring for your baby after child birth. There are modifications that can be made during the entire term of your pregnancy so you will exercise in comfortable and safe positions as your pregnancy progresses.

I have recently had a baby. Will Pilates help me get my pre-baby body back?

Pilates is great for toning and strengthening your body after pregnancy and delivery. With so much emphasis placed on strengthening the core, it helps to tone and flatten the abs and support the spine. It also helps to strengthen the muscles you’ll need most to care for your new baby.

What other classes do you offer?

We offer:

  1. STOTT Pilates
  2. Reformer
  3. Cadillac
  4. Chair and Barrel
  5. Prenatal Pilates
  6. Post Natal Pilates
  7. Special Populations
  8. Special Request

Call us if you have any further questions about the classes we offer at (909) 450-4869