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Frequently Asked Questions

I thought Pilates was only matwork?

Welcome to the world of Pilates, a method you will never get bored with!  Pilates matwork is the better known style of Pilates exercise as it is more accessible in gyms and requires no equipment. Pilates matwork is an effective bodyweight routine, using the resistance of gravity to work one's body.   Occasionally teachers incorporate the use of small props.

Then there is the variety of specially designed pieces of traditional Pilates equipment. Yes they look pretty weird but trust me when I say there is nothing like a spring driven work out - these apparatus offer resistance or assistance to an exercise. 


What are the benefits of the Pilates apparatus?

Body Zen is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering contemporary trained Pilates teachers.  The use of the Pilates apparatus brings a new level of resistance training, adds variety to your Pilates workout and assists in achieving your results faster.

What Equipment is available at our Body Zen Studio:

  • Reformers and Jump-boards
  • Cadillac & Wall-units
  • Ladder Barrel & Arc Barrels
  • Wunda/Electric Chair
  • Props:  Balls, Bosu, Rollers, Bands, Barre's, Magic Wheels, TRX and loads more....

How often should I do Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise and all exercises are modified and adjusted according to your needs. We recommend the following guidelines to clients:

  • If you are combining your Pilates training with an existing exercise routine, then we would recommend a minimum of 1 to 2 times per week
  • If Pilates is the only exercise program that you are doing, then we would recommend training a minimum of 2 to 3 times a week

What is the duration of the classes?

We offer classes in either a private environment or group environment.  Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the class start time to get organised and settled.  First timers please arrive about 10 minutes earlier to complete a profile form.

  • Group classes for adults are approximately 50 minutes
  • Private classes are approximately 55 minutes
  • Private classes for children or clients seeking rehab are available in 30 min slots

What to wear?

Pilates is calming and soothing for the body and mind so be sure to wear comfortable fitting clothing that allows you to move with ease.  Nothing too tight and or too loose as the teacher needs to see your form.

  • Yes we prefer to do Pilates barefoot or with non-slip foot socks or undeez - we've got these available at the studio!
  • Please keep your jewellry to a minimum or even better leave it at home
  • All long hair needs to be tied up either in a high pony or at the nape of the neck.  
  • Please avoid sharp object clips, jewellry or gym pants with zips as they scratch and damaged the Pilates equipment upholstery.

We supply exercise mats, filtered water and hand towels.


Where do I put my belongings?

Please remove your shoes at the entrance of the studio.  A  Pigeonhole bookshelf is available for all clients belongings as well as your shoes.  We supply exercise mats, filtered water and hand towels.


I am new to Pilates, where do I begin?

That's great, we all had to start somewhere... 

Pilates is a method and can be customised to just about any body type and fitness level out there.  The 5 principles are quite specific with the focus on developing dynamic core control with correct body alignment and movement.

These 5 biomechanical principles (breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, and head and cervical placement) all work together to form an intelligent method of safe and effective exercises.

 So to begin here are two options:

Option 1 - Private Classes (recommended):

  • Take the time and lay solid foundations with a few supervised private classes while learning to understand your body's strengths and weaknesses.  Get more confidence before joining a group class environment.  Remember Pilates assists in preventing injuries!

Option 2 - Group Beginners Fundamentals Class:

  • Group class available on Saturdays at 8am
  • Class is a slower pace
  • Maximum 4 clients per class
  • Group classes are not suitable for pregnant clients or clients requiring rehabilitation

How do I begin booking?

First you need to create yourself a profile/account on our online booking system.  This booking system is available free of charge for all Body Zen clients.  The software is user friendly, offering clients flexibility and convenience.  Once you are registered you'll be able to do the following:  

  • view the group class schedule
  • view teachers availability for private classes
  • book and maintain classes and/or cancel class bookings
  • book recurring appointments
  • purchase classes, products and packages
  • view account details and class visit history
  • update personal information (medical alerts etc)
  • All class bookings, rescheduling or cancellations are the responsibility of the client and need to be done via our online booking system

Click here to Register and create yourself a profile on Chidesk, or copy and paste the following link to your browser:  https://bodyzen.chidesk.com/Members/Login  (Remember to bookmark the page)


What payment options are available?

  • Payments can be made via EFT, Debit Order, Cash or SnapScan
  • All payments are required upfront at the beginning of the month, prior to commencement of training
  • Please read our terms and conditions before making a payment
  • Prices are subject to an annual increase

Is there parking available?

The is ample free parking available at the centre.  The centre has 24 hour security.

Teacher Accreditation

All our teachers are accredited and registered with the necessary board in South Africa, and hold a variety of certifications with varied institutions.

       

CATHSSETA, the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority

REPSSA, ensure that fitness professionals in South Africa meet the international health and fitness industry's standards.  REPSSA is affiliated with various REPS organisations worldwide, including but not limited to REPSUK and REPSEurope.

​Thank you for choosing Body Zen, we look forward to bringing fun into fitness, and happy to help you become a healthier, fitter you!