Studio Etiquette

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

8. Enjoy

This is the most important tip, enjoy your class, remeber it is your hour, so relax, destress and laugh


  1. Zoë Smeeton | January 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Hi Gill, had my arthroscopy on Friday last.
    Doesn’t feel too bad. Sutures out 8th Feb. So I will book a block again 9th if I may.
    Tues. class. Very bad manners of people who cancel with an hour short notice!
    Can’t understand it with all the communication avenues open to us these days…… Regards Zoë Smeeton

    • Gill | January 31, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Gald it went well Zoe, I will book you for the 16th. I don’t mind them canceling late so much as them expecting to be placed on another class

    • Brenda Robinson. | February 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Glad it’s going well Zoe. You’ll be as good as new. I will keep your mat warm for you.
      Best wishes,


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