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Pilates FAQ

WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.

HOW DO I BEGIN IF I’VE NEVER DONE PILATES BEFORE?

If you have never done Pilates before or have never done Pilates on the machines, we require for your safety and maximum benefit that you either take beginner classes to learn the basics or take one-on-one sessions until you are comfortable joining classes.

DO YOU OFFER PILATES MAT CLASSES?

We do not offer exclusively mat classes however a portion of your class may be done on a mat at the instructor’s discretion.

CAN I DO PILATES IF I AM PREGNANT?

Yes, you may do Pilates if you are pregnant, however we require pregnant clients to work one-on-one with one of our qualified instructors and are not allowed to attend group classes. *All pregnant clients are required to provide a Dr’s note confirming that Pilates would be beneficial before beginning any Pilates sessions.

HOW CAN I BE ASSURED I AM WORKING WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR?

So happy you asked! All of our instructors have graduated from our own Whole Body Method University where they have completed a 500 hour education in the art and science of classical Pilates. Many of our instructors have years of further experience in working with injuries and all body types.

CAN I DO PILATES IF I’VE HAD AN INJURY?

It will depend on the stage of healing of the injury. We will work with your doctor or physical therapist to assess the best path for you. Please call us to discuss.

CAN I SPLIT A PACKAGE WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER?

No, we ask that all packages be kept separate. Our system is not capable of keeping track of split packages.

IF I BUY A CLASS PACKAGE WITH A 30 DAY EXPIRATION BUT CANNOT USE IT IN 30 DAYS CAN IT BE EXTENDED?

No. If you find you cannot use your class package within the 30 day time period due to vacation, illness etc. you may not extend it, however; you may pay the difference to make it a non-expiring package and use the remaining sessions.

I CAN’T FINISH MY PACKAGE. MAY I GIVE MY SESSIONS TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes, if you are moving or unable to continue with your package you may give your sessions to a friend or family member to use. Please call the studio to sort out.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH CLASS?

All classes are purposely kept very small for maximum amount of individualized attention. Between 5 and 7 per class.

HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I DO PILATES PER WEEK?

We recommend at least 2x per week to see results.

WHAT KIND OF PILATES DO YOU TEACH?

We teach Classical Pilates as originally designed by Joseph Pilates. The focus is on concentration, flow, awareness, breath, working from your center, connection and… fun!

WHAT ARE STUDENT SESSIONS?

We are a Pilates Certification Center, meaning we always have a class of students training to be Pilates instructors. In a student session, the client trains one-on-one with a student instructor. These sessions cost $30 per 55 minute session.

While we work towards your needs, the student is REQUIRED to practice what he or she is learning in the program. All sessions are coordinated directly between you and your assigned student. If you are interested in this program, email info@wholebodymethod.com. Title the email “Student Trainer Request”, and include in the email your name, phone number and days and times available to train.

Our student coordinator will set you up with a student instructor and the student will contact you to schedule your first session.

*note: if you have any specific injuries or would like a more experienced instructor, then the student program may not be for you.

Certification Program FAQ

WHAT IS WHOLE BODY METHOD EDUCATION?

It is our Classical Pilates Certification Program

WHAT STYLE OF PILATES DOES WHOLE BODY METHOD TEACH?

We teach the 5 level original classical repertoire, yet have included detailed anatomy to bridge the gap between classic exercise and modern science.

BY CLASSICAL PILATES, DOES THIS MEAN WBM IS AFFILIATED WITH THE FIRST GENERATION PILATES TEACHERS?

Co-owner Nigel Sampson was trained by 1st and 2nd generation teachers including Jill Cassidy, Rael Isacowitz, Ron Fletcher, Jillian Hessel & Steve Gordiano.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

No previous Pilates experience is necessary, although it is encouraged. All prospective students are required to fill out an online application form and it is recommended you attend the open house.

WHY SHOULD I GET MY CERTIFICATION AT WHOLE BODY METHOD AND NOT ANOTHER PILATES STUDIO?

  • We are proud to boast some of the most competent and experienced Pilates training graduates in the country and the world.

  • We prioritize a client-centered education that gives students the opportunity to develop a business side to their practice.

  • Our program has many more hands-on-workshop hours than any other program

  • We teach the entire classical Pilates repertoire

  • Students are supported and guided by a strong team of teachers

  • Our focus is to mentor you along you entire journey so you leave with all the skills necessary for a successful Pilates career

  • Our anatomy program is cutting edge and brings you to a higher in level in Pilates education.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M READY FOR THIS?

A Whole Body Method Instructor Certification is a big commitment to a long and potentially very fulfilling journey. Our goal as a studio is to create a supportive, encouraging environment where there is room to stumble, pause, reflect, and grow. If you are looking for a career or life change in the health and healing industry, then this is great choice.

WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?

$6,800. Students pay $1600 for level 1 and $1300 per level for the remaining 4 levels. This price is offset by students receiving $1800 back during the “earn as you learn” portion of the program. In this program students are paid as an independent contractor and must fill out a W-9.

ARE BOOKS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

Yes, you receive

  • 5 Whole Body Method Certification Manuals by Nigel Sampson.

  • Return to Life by Joseph Pilates,

  • Trail Guide to the Body and Trail Guide to Movement by Andrew Biel

  • 5 Sets of Whole Body Method Flashcards by Nigel Sampson

CAN YOU GIVE ME MORE INFORMATION ON HOW THE STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM WORKS?

It is a 500hr program which consists of:

  • 200 hours of client teaching- earn as you learn program

  • 200 hours of self-practice

  • 20 hours of private training observation

  • 20 hours of class observation

  • 20 hours taking classes

  • 20 hours of assisting teaching classes

  • 20 hours self-anatomy study

Students manage their own time to complete this portion of the program and have complete access to the studio(s).

HOW MANY HOURS PER WEEK ARE REQUIRED FOR THE STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?

Our must successful students are able to commit 12-15 hours a week in the studio, plus 1-2 additional hours per week of self-directed study.

WHERE DO I GET CLIENTS FROM FOR THE CLIENT TEACHING PORTION OF THE PROGRAM?

It is a collaborative effort between Whole Body Method and our students. Many students work with friends and family. We also have many clients who participate in this program.

ARE STUDENTS PAID TO TEACH CLIENTS?

Yes, we call this the “learn as you earn” program. Students will be paid $9 per client. Students receive a total of $1800 pay during the program. Student will be paid as an independent contractor.This simulates getting paid in a real life setting.

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT DO YOU PROVIDE YOUR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

  • Student-Support- students have unlimited access to talk with our Certification Manager to support them along the way in time management, client scheduling, and study skills.

  • 24-hour Access-we offer our Certification students 24-hour access to our warm and welcoming studios.

  • Helpful Environment- because we have at least two Certification groups at any one time, and because all of our instructors are WBM Certified, there is always someone around to field questions.

WHO IS TEACHING THE TRAINING AND WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS?

We have selected teachers based on their experience and strengths. Read their full bios HERE.

Nigel Sampson- Whole Body Method co-owner.

Annette Thurman- Whole Body Method Pilates Director

Regina Park- Pilates Certification Instructor

WHAT IF I MUST MISS A WEEKEND WORKSHOP OR AN EVALUATION?

All sessions and evaluations must be made up if missed. Workshops will be made up at $110 an hour. Evaluations must be made up at $225 per evaluation.

WHAT IF I DO NOT PASS AN EVALUATION?

You will be required to take a 1 hour evaluation review. The fee is $125.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE?

The scheduled workshops are over a nine to ten month period. Please refer to the date’s specific to your program. The student completes the certification program when all workshops are attended, evaluations are passed and student apprenticeship hours are completed. On average it takes 11-12 months to complete the entire program.

WHAT IS THE PMA AND IS THIS TRAINING APPROVED BY THE PMA?

The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA®) is the international, not–for–profit, professional association dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates. The PMA does not accredit Certification training program but students can sit for the PMA-CPT exam after they are certified.

WHAT ARE THE CAREER POSSIBILITIES FOR A WBM CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR?

It is now estimated that Pilates has about 9 million participants globally. These days, a Certified Pilates Instructor can find employment in privately owned studios, gyms, spas, physical therapyand chiropractic offices, and more. A Whole Body Method Certification is extremely thorough in the classical method, making our students more marketable than their counterparts on graduation day.

WHAT IS AN AVERAGE PAY FOR PILATES INSTRUCTORS?

Studio pay 20-40. Self-employed 30-75