“In 10 sessions, you feel better,
20 sessions you look better,
30 sessions you have a completely new body.”
creator of "contrology" (pilates)
the 20-sessions program: July 31 - September 3
The Pilates Promise is true! ... with a caveat. Joe wasn’t talking about 10 mat classes or 10 private sessions over 10 weeks. Feeling, looking and having a completely new body in such a short time means working one-on-one with the best instructor you can find, at least 3 or 4 times a week. (Some of Joe’s clients were working with him daily, and the ones who didn’t had daily homework!)
Why 10/ 20/ 30?
This kind of condensed training helps you develop a workout habit while taking advantage of your initial motivation and momentum. Committing to a block of sessions with an instructor for a short amount of time creates a relationship in which your instructor begins to understand your body's structure and history, your movement patterns and quality, your temperament, your set-backs and habits, and to adjust your program accordingly - the kind of personalization that is impossible if you work out sporadically in a group setting.
2O Sessions Program
The 20 Sessions Program is designed to make frequent personal training more affordable and to keep you involved long enough to feel the difference and see changes in your body. The Classical Pilates system involves equipment and movements that may be entirely unfamiliar, and so giving up after 1 or 3 or even 5 sessions because you don't get it immediately, don’t sweat profusely or don’t feel winded like you do in a HIIT class, is giving up before your body has had time to change.
Not all Pilates is equal. Even if you’re fit and you’ve been taking reformer classes for years, you may be making the right shapes with your body and sweating and feeling a burning sensation as you work out, but you may also be missing the detailed instruction that changes your movement from OK on the surface to biomechanically sound, ideal for your particular needs and challenging enough (that doesn't mean it should be "hard" all the time, people!) The most experienced and aware instructor can only keep her attention on you for so long in a group setting (the difficulty in giving personal attention gets compounded when you add equipment with safety precautions), and the details in instruction that come from an instructor's eyes on you is what will give you amazing results.
Details Details Details
This necessity for attention to detail in Pilates is why Classical Pilates studios used to require a series of Private sessions before allowing students to jump into group equipment classes (some still do this and make my heart sing), and the studios who don't or the studios who have lessened those restrictions have adapted to the market demand for faster, cheaper experiences on the equipment. As a small business owner, this makes sense to me financially. And as a Pilates practitioner, I know I can't afford to take 3 - 4 privates a week at $75/ session (this is market rate and entirely reasonable for our training, education, experience, etc, BTW.) But as a self-proclaimed well-intentioned Pilates "snob," I can't teach anything watered down. The only time I want to teach a group reformer class, tower class or chair class is if I'm sure that every single practitioner knows the equipment in and out (including the safety precautions), the exercise names, order, and my instruction style up and down, in and out. Otherwise, I don't consider it Classical Pilates, which is what I know, what I teach, and what works for me and my clients. It's a matter of preference. Feel free to disagree.
How You'll Feel Better
After 10 Sessions, my clients have experienced:
- An energy boost
- A decrease in symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
- Lessening of summertime sluggishness and apathy
- Increased productivity
- Better posture: walking and sitting taller, with more confidence, grace, and ease
- Increased motivation, purpose and joy upon waking
- Deeper, more restful sleep
- Higher libido/ more pleasurable sex
- Decrease or elimination in lower back pain and other chronic pain related to postural imbalances and inactivity (or from repetitive, imbalanced activities)
- Greater balance, stability and body awareness
- Vitality in the spine, muscles, breath and body/ mind in general
A Few (Many) Words About "Looking Better"
We all have a unique personal history of our relationship to the way we look and to how we expect/ hope/ dread to look. Our feelings about how we look are so often tied up with denial, feelings of inadequacy, pride, shame, rejection, invisibility, hyper-visibility, and trauma. Without venturing into territories above my pay grade, I like to help my clients find a relationship between Acceptance and Change.
Lots of people come to me wanting to look better. I wish I had an actual running count of every time someone grabbed their midsection (or thighs or arms or...) and asked "will Pilates help me lose this?" Lots more people come to me wanting to look better, but they feel superficial or ashamed for wanting this, couching their appearance-related goals behind a "health" goal. Not only have many of us internalized messages about needing to look a certain way, we've also internalized messages about how superficial we are, how vain, that we're slaves to the media, to the patriarchy, to Hollywood, etc. and how we should be focusing on our health instead, as if being healthy is diametrically opposed to wanting to look good. (Shame you once for how you look. Shame you again for being ashamed of how you look).
I have a lot of sympathy for anyone going through some stuff related to their appearance. I see it all the time in my clients, and I experience it myself, feeling like a strong, smokin hot babe one day and a scrawny wallflower the next. I've accepted my back-and-forth as entirely reasonable - the result of too many disparate forces to dissect in a Pilates schpeel. My point is that we all have issues. So, what do you want to look like, and why? This is a hard question, and one that we may answer in public differently than how we answer to ourselves, when we're privately hating on ourselves. But if you have appearance-related goals or find yourself wanting to use exercise to improve the way you look, you need to get REALLY honest about three things....
Three Questions to Ask Yourself
1. What do you ACTUALLY think about the way you look like now? Does this change depending on other people's reactions to you? (If there's pain related to this, there is, unfortunately, no good way around it that I've found. Only through it.)
2. What are your ACTUAL wishes, whether realistic or not, for how you want to look? (This is a question about the future, keep in mind, and about what your fantasies revert to when you imagine your "better-looking" future self.)
3. WHY do you want to look this way?
If it's to attract a mate, know that. If it's because you've always felt ugly, know that. If it's because you feel best when your biceps are poppin', know that. If you're afraid of getting older and want to look like you did at 21, know that too, and know when you berate yourself for any of those desires.
Honesty and Self-Compassion
Once you are honest with yourself, you'll have an idea of what's holding you back from feeling good as you are now and from making changes that suit you. Pilates is for ANY body type - not just "skinny" women, "strong" women, "curvy" women, "real" men or fake men or any other BS label you've internalized from society, marketing or memes.
Forget stereotypes of ballerina bodies and "long, lean muscles". If you're a ballerina, or built like one, then you may end up looking like a ballerina. If you have long limbs, your muscles may very well look long and lean. You will look like you! Although I do not wish to become your underpaid therapist, I can help you work through, not around, the uncomfortable aspects of body work by just keeping you focused on the present - on the work itself. I create a safe space without judgment (really - I've never met a client whose body I've judged. It just doesn't happen). And we are here to work, not to talk. I have compassion for my humanity and for yours, and I hope that I can pass that along in my interactions with you.
Working, not talking, is what will bring change. Movement heals.
SO...DO YOU WANT TO FEEL AND LOOK BETTER BY SEPTEMBER?
Private sessions at group class rates
For the cost of ONE boutique (Pure Barre, Orange Theory, Hour Blast, Romney Pilates, etc.) group fitness or barre class per session, I’m offering you a private Pilates Session (regularly $75/ session, a la carte) in which you are my sole focus for 55 minutes.
The “Pilates Promise” 20 Sessions Package means a commitment of 4 private sessions/ week with me in my home studio (Marigny Triangle) over a period of FIVE weeks for a total cost of $500 (for 20 sessions). This is a savings of $50/ session as an incentive for your commitment and consistency.
TIME AND SPACE ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 3 CLIENTS TO REGISTER
Rules, Policies and Other Necessary Things to Know Before Committing
- A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold your place in the program
- Your remaining balance will be charged to you weekly at $100/ week on 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28
- There is an even deeper discount of $450 for clients paying upfront (that works out to $22.50/ session!)
- If you drop out of the program before completing all 20 sessions, you will still be charged your remaining balance - I clear my schedule, turning down work based on our committment
- You must be available to complete all 20 sessions between 7/31 - 9/3
- There is no carry-over of sessions past September 3 - otherwise, this would defeat the purpose of the program
- Please contact me before registering if you are concerned about getting your desired days and times
- 24-hour cancellation policy for each scheduled private session - forfeiture of no-shows and late-cancels
- Parking on my street is typically readily available - I’ll disclose my location to you once you’re signed up
- Please contact me for any questions you may have!