Studio Etiquette: Tips for the Studio
There’s no doubt that Pilates studios can be daunting. Whether you’re new to the studio or you just need a refresher on the rules, here are some general tips and tricks for making your visit a pleasant one for you and your classmates.
1. Arrive on time
Rushing late into a class is stressful for both you and your classmates. Hurrying into a class after its begun is embarrassing, and it’s distracting for others. Be sure to arrive on time, giving yourself the minutes you need to sign in, put away your items, find your mat and props that you might need Got a few extra minutes before class begins? Then lay quietly on your mat and calm yourself with deep breathes
2. Remove your shoes
Pilates is practiced in socks or bare feet, and I would prefer shoes not to be worn in the matted area. Please leave shoes in the unit provided or close to the entrance. By removing your shoes, you’re helping to keep the studio mats clean for the next class.
3. Tell your teacher about any injuries
We like to give gentle (or sometimes more intense) assists in class, shifting your position to correct misalignment. If you’re sore, injured or just don’t feel like being touched, tell your teacher before class begins.
4. Be aware of your personal hygiene
This advice is for both ends of the spectrum. First, please shower, brush your teeth,wash your hair. Second, avoid heavy perfumes, oils, and colognes, as strong scents travel easily during class. Strong personal smells, be it perfume, colognes or body odour can effect everybody in the class
5. Mobile phones
Put it on silent, or use your class as a chance to escape the digital addictions and distractions we face in everyday life, and leave the phone at home
6. Minimize conversation
Many people come to the studio to be peaceful and relax. Talking in class is disrespectful to the instructor and other class members. Keep the chit chat till the end of class.
7. Tidy up
We sometimes use props in class, if you are using the studios equipment be sure to return them to their rightful place upon leaving
This is the most important tip, enjoy your class, remeber it is your hour, so relax, destress and laugh