Pilates

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Pilates is one of the most effective ways to build muscle strength, improve flexibility, as well as maintain the gains from Physical Therapy. Expertly trained in Pilates, our Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist Assistant, Kristal Evans, can help you get your strength and flexibility back with customized one-on-one sessions. Find out if Pilates is right for you by scheduling a complimentary consultation at Bay Area Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, California.

Pilates Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

How does Pilates work?

Pilates integrates a series of exercises and movements that are designed to be performed in a specific order. Exercises often involve the use of straps or pulleys to help deepen your stretches and movements.

Rather than lifting physical weights, many exercises incorporate motions that use your own body weight to help build muscle. Because focusing on technique is key to achieving optimal results with Pilates, it’s essential to work with an instructor who is certified to teach the exercises.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Your team at Bay Area Physical Therapy will tailor your exercise plan based on your specific injury or condition. Some of the benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved posture
  • Stronger core
  • Reduced back pain
  • Improved flexibility


Plus, regularly participating in Pilates can help you continue to build lean muscle mass. Over time, you can experience an enhanced performance at work, sports, and other activities. Regular Pilates sessions can even decrease your risk of future injuries.

When can I start Pilates after an injury?

Your Pilates specialist will work with your physical therapist to design a Pilates plan that’s safe and effective for you to perform after an injury or surgery. Depending on the extent of your condition, you might be able to start your Pilates training within a couple weeks of your injury or surgery.

Your initial Pilates exercise plan is likely going to include gentle movements that focus on improving flexibility and blood flow, so you can recover as quickly as possible. You should continue to get stronger with each session you take. You will likely need 1-3 sessions per week.

How do I prepare for a Pilates session?

After your Pilates specialist evaluates you and designs a plan, they can let you know how to prepare. Generally, you should be well hydrated before coming to Bay Area Physical Therapy for Pilates. You should also wear gym shoes and comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Get started on your customized Pilates exercises at Bay Area Physical Therapy by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.