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  • I am so out of shape, where do I begin?
    For this instance, I created the "Zero to hero" program (for individual purchase available and as pert of the yearly subscription). It's a very slow paced, easy to follow program you can do at home at your own pace. It is meant to be a 40 day commitment. We work every day on some aspect of strength, mobility and stability, to get you feeling better and better. After finishing that program you could join a class and see if you need more TLC. Do what you can, and then take another class, the next day. In every class there will be options for strength/ fitness levels. Do the level 1 options, I am always mentioning. If level 1 is too much, try one or two repetitions and rest. Importance is, to not "push through" something you think you should be able to do. Check in with your body and listen. Consistency is THE most important thing. Try to do something 3-4 times a week, motion is lotion.
  • How much space do I need and will I need props?
    No props are required. You don't even need a yoga mat. The class can be done on the floor. A rug or carpet will make supine exercises less uncomfortable. If you have props, like a mat, blocks, weights, thera-bands, they can be used at your discretion.
  • How many classes a week are required for optimal progress?
    2-3 classes a week, would be great. It really depends as well, where you are and where you want to go, and how fast you'd like to progress. There's no such thing as too much. Every class is conceptualized to be complimentary to workouts you already do (for off days, for example) or being your main workout 2-3-4 times a week. Joseph Pilates once famously said, "In ten sessions you'll feel the difference, in twenty you'll see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body." Everyone is different, but most clients start to notice positive changes relatively quickly. Your dedication to a consistent practice will greatly determine how quickly you advance. A consistent program (2-3 sessions per week) will significantly improve posture and alignment, enhancing stamina, coordination, strength and flexibility.
  • I want to do more than just a class, is that possible?
    Yes, you can work with me privately online. I have a limited amount of private sessions a week available, where I see clients in my studio in Santa Fe, NM, or via Zoom. Here we can hone specific exercises, create a personal program for you and your individual needs. I help with questions regarding pain and alignment, do posture evaluation and design a program around your needs and wants. Call or text me for an appointment at 1-917-202-5162
  • What exactly is SLO CORE
    SLO CORE is an online movement and awareness program, taught by Chantall Brachmann, founder and owner of Rise Pilates LLC, Santa Fe, NM. It combines the best of many movement practices, first and foremost, being Pilates. Every class is different, sometimes classes have a focus in hip, knee or shoulder issues, some are more full body centered. Every class combines principles from Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, animal movement, developmental movement, calisthenics, martial arts, breath work, and much more. Classes can be taken live, online or unlimited recordings can be done at your leisure.
  • What if I am in pain, or have an injury?
    Pain is a feeling, not a destination. Being in pain, producing pain is your body literally talking to you. It's the body's way to communicate. Pain is sometimes existent without an injury being acutely present (idiopathic). If you are in acute pain (acute injury), you need to see a doctor to get it checked out before you start exercising. Chronic pain often can be associated with poor alignment, poor joint health and lack of muscle strength. That's where SLO CORE comes in. Through thoughtful, specific and precise movement we can re-awaken and retrain your muscles for better joint health, posture, alignment and movement. We strengthen the whole system in new ways. If you're injured, it's important to seek treatment from a physician and/or a physical therapist. Pilates can help in the recovery process (and prevent future injuries from occurring) through correcting muscular imbalances and movement patterns. In addition, the central focus on core stabilization can improve performance in all activities. You might want to start with the "Zero to Hero" program, a 40 day intensive, and see where that takes you. Please reach out with any questions.
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