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Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

What do I need to bring with me, or wear, to the Studio?

Published on 2nd Nov 2016 at 09:00 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

What do I need to bring with me to the Studio?

Whether you’re coming for your first Assessment appointment, a Group class or Private session all you need to bring is clean socks (essential for hygiene) and we highly recommend having non-slip grip socks ('Shashi Performance' grip socks are available for purchase in the studio) – LEAVE THE REST UP TO US.

Everything you need for your class is in the studio including our water station so you can hydrate before and after your class.

We wipe all our equipment (Mats, Reformers etc.) after each use with our own non-toxic cleaning solution (made from water, witch-hazel and a few drops of anti-bacterial essential oils like Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Lavender) so your Apparatus is ready and clean for you (without you breathing harmful chemicals).
If you want to bring your own towel to put over your Mat or Reformer you can.

What to wear?

What clothing you wear to your group class or Private sessions is pretty much up to you but there are a few things we’d like you to consider and be mindful of:

  • You need comfortable exercise clothes that allow you to move and stretch fully and freely.
  • Form-fitting workout clothes will serve you best. Your instructor needs to be able to see your body-alignment and form, and be advised some Pilates exercises can be a bit revealing with legs up in the air and/or open so, you want to avoid potential embarrassment.
  • Please avoid accessories. Long necklaces, dangling earrings, bracelets and such could not only be distracting, but also dangerous if they get caught up in the equipment. Same goes for any ties, belts, fringes and such - they can get caught in the springs or underneath your body which might cause an injury. Opt for simplicity and low profile fit.
  • Long hair needs to be out of the face and tied back – tie your hair low so that you can comfortably rest your head down.
  • Ladies – Comfortable undergarments are highly recommended: Metal underwire and metal clasps can be painful during certain Pilates movements.
  • Please avoid embellishment on your attire, such as zips, clips, buttons or other metal trimmings as it damages our upholstered equipment.
    We got the highest quality Pilates equipment in the studio so that you can expirience the best Pilates can offer. Repairs are very costly. We ask that you wear simple workout wear with absolutely no metal or plastic adornments so our equipment is kept in the best condition for everyone to enjoy.
  • Makeup - studio apparatus are subject to stains and discolorations from makeup, oils and even nail polish. Liquid and crème foundations and blushes can bleed onto the surfaces you lie on especially when you are face down. Another thing to consider is that a fresh manicure may be subject to peeling and chipping if you have to adjust your own springs on the Reformer.
  • Lastly, a reminder that for health and safety reasons socks must be worn at all times – non-slip grip socks are recommended to grip the Mat and Reformer footbar or carriage.
    You might also want to think socks that allow the full use of your foot and toes (rather than a tight sock that squashes your toes together). We love the Shashi non-slip ergonomic socks with their mesh for greater aeration and style. They are available for purchase in the studio.

A bit more about Studio decorum from your Pilates Instructor:

  • Please TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE when you arrive at the studio!
    Ring-tunes, buzzing and vibrating phones are disruptive to your class and to be quite honest can break the concentration of your instructor – We really want to teach you and give you our best - it’s nice not be interrupted by a phone… 

    Another aspect of turning your phone off is to look at your time in the studio as a break from the world out there and have some “me” time - Turn off your phone and start connecting with your breath, movement and body, Switch off for an hour from your busy life, whatever is going on can probably wait an hour. You can go back to your calls, texts, WhatsApp, etc. afterwards.

    Switching your phone off is really about you just as much as it is about your other class-mates and your instructor.
  • Don't be a "No Show" – Please call, txt or email if you are going to miss your class or private session. Try to let us know you cannot make your class in due time so we can offer your space to someone else who might have missed a class. For more information on Studio Policy click here.

    The only way we can offer you a make-up class instead of the one you missed depends on someone else’ cancellation and this system only works if we know who is missing when and then jump people in. Iulia, our studio manager, is working hard and really does try to do her best to accommodate everyone but she needs your cooperation.
  • Try to keep your voice down if there’s a class still running in the studio. At the moment, our studio’s layout separates the reception area from the studio floor with a paneled screen - be respectful to the people that are in a class when you come in and try to keep your voice down as to not disturb. We’re sure you’d appreciate people not making too much noise out at the reception area when you’re in a class yourself.
  • Let your instructor know about injuries, pains or changes in your health status. If you’ve been coming to our studio for a while you know that before the class starts we ask: “Any aches, pains or injuries I need to know about?” This might sound to you like a broken tape-recorded, but we do mean it and you should let us know if something has changed in your body or health since we last met.

    If there’s something going on with you that you don’t feel like sharing with other people, make sure to approach your instructor at let them know.

    Our classes are small enough for plenty of individual attention and personal touch. Your condition will be taken into account during class and some advice during classes will be given to you.
    It’s important to us that you make the most out of your time in the studio and feel better going out then you came in! If you let us know what’s going on, we’ll do our best to help.
  • Please ask questions. Pilates is much more than just an exercises method and our studio is more than just a place you come to take a class and disappear… There’s a flow to your class that you might not want to disrupt so some questions can wait until after the class but sometimes a certain exercise or movement triggers a question that had been lingering for a while… 
    It’s more than fine to ask during class.
    Asking is an opportunity to learn why and how and give your instructor, a chance to explain in more details a movement, a biomechanical concept or postural issue in more depth.
    We welcome and encourage you to take care of yourself all the time, not just in the studio – ask questions and take your new insight into your every day life so you feel better and know what to do to help yourself with any issues.
  • Don’t do a movement or an exercise that pains you!
    At the end of the day you are responsible for your body but please know we believe pain is not something to be ignored or pushed-through. Please consider the idea that pain is your body’s way of telling you “something is not right for me” and it’s perfectly ok to stop and not continue with exercises that hurts you or doesn’t feel right for you (which is different than challenging or require effort from you). When you stop, your instructor will ask you what’s going on and might suggest a modification or an alternative move for you to do.
    Remember our aim is to make you feel good, strong, better than you did before but if you don’t tell us where you are and how you feel it’s hard for us to help you.

Lastly – Don’t be afraid of Pilates classes! Some people are a bit intimidated by Pilates classes and it’s understandable if this is your first Pilates class or if you’ve never been into our studio before. But really, since the studio opened back in 2012, we’ve created a welcoming environment where all kind of people come to reap the benefits of Pilates for different reasons.


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