Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a physical therapy visit?
Typically, the initial evaluation (your first meeting with the physical therapist) will typically be a longer session so your physical therapist can go over your current issues, as well as past medical conditions. This appointment helps the physical therapist determine what course of treatment is most appropriate for your healthcare needs, including frequency and duration of treatment.
After the evaluation, physical therapy visits will vary in length, depending on the types of treatment you’ll be receiving. Typically, visits last approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Your physical therapist will create a tailored treatment for you that may include various combinations of: manual therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, heat/ice treatment, ultrasound, light therapy, stretching or exercise.
What do I need to bring?
By the time of your first visit, we should already have your prescription for physical therapy on file, but we will also need some additional patient information, your insurance information and card, and some other paperwork. If you would like to save time at your first visit, please download Pilates Client Waiver and submit it in advance.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably in clothes that allow you to move – typical workout wear is great for physical therapy. If you have a knee injury, please bring a pair of shorts. We will supply gowns during your session, if needed. Do I need a doctor’s referral? In most cases, especially if you are billing insurance for physical therapy, you will need a physician’s referral for physical therapy treatment. If you feel you need physical therapy, you may want to ask your doctor to write a physical therapy referral to evaluate and treat your condition. TPT does offer some treatment options without a physician referral, such as our Artist & Athlete Sessions. Every patient’s situation is unique, so feel free to call TPT at 818-369-7700 if you have questions about your physical therapy needs.
I’m new to Pilates – where should I start?
If you’ve never taken a Pilates class before, TPT recommends taking advantage of one of our introductory specials.
If you have taken Pilates before and just want to get started, please visit our online scheduling site to reserve your spot in class.
What should I wear for Pilates?
It’s best to wear fitted and stretchable clothes that you’ll be comfortable in, whether lying down or moving around. Yoga-style clothes are appropriate. Please remove dangling earrings, necklaces or bracelets as they can get tangled in the equipment and could get damaged or cause an injury.
If you have long hair, make sure to bring a rubber-band with you to tie your hair back. Long hair can get tangled in the equipment straps and pulleys.
What do I need to bring?
TPT provides mats and all of the props you may need for a Pilates class. While you aren’t likely to get “parched” during a Pilates class, we do recommend bringing along a water bottle. If you need a towel during your Pilates training, please bring one with you.
Many people feel more comfortable wearing socks while practicing – if you do, please wear non-slip socks (like Toe Sox) that enhance your grip on equipment. Your Pilates instructor can make recommendations for you.
Which instructor should I choose?
TPT has several instructors, and we think they’re all great! Some are dancers, some are studying to be physical therapists, and others just teach Pilates because they love it. Depending on your fitness goals or physical needs/limitations, you may want to call the studio for instructor recommendations.
And remember, you can practice Pilates every day if you want to (unlike some other types of strength training that require “rest” days) – so you may find yourself training with a variety of instructors.
What level class should I take?
The best advice we can give is to talk with an instructor during a private Pilates session. Your instructor can help you determine which classes are most appropriate for your fitness goals and preferences.
Rest assured…you WILL get a workout doing Pilates, no matter what level classes you take!
Can I just “walk in” and take a class?
We recommend reserving online if you want to take a group class. Because of the small class sizes offered at TPT, classes fill up quickly.
Online reservations for classes stop 12 hours prior to the start of the class, so classes without any students signed up at this time will be cancelled. All reservations must be paid at the time of scheduling.
Reservations are required to guarantee your spot in class, but you can “walk-in” for any remaining openings on a first-come/first-served basis. Check the online schedule to see how many spots are still available for a class…and be sure to arrive early!
When should I arrive for my class/private?
On your first visit to TPT for Pilates, you should arrive 10 minutes early to complete new client paperwork. You can save time by filling out our online form.
For most classes or private Pilates sessions, we recommend arriving 5-10 minutes early so you can put your shoes/belongings away and relax a bit before starting your class. Remember – the warm-up is a critical part of any workout, so you won’t want to be late!
Will I get individual attention?
YES! TPT is committed to maintaining small class sizes (no more than 4 students in any group class). This means that whether in a private Pilates session or a fast-paced Power Pilates group class your instructor will be able to help you improve and refine your individual technique.
What if I need to cancel?
All scheduling changes or cancellations must be made 12 hours in advance of your appointment, both for privates/duos and group Pilates classes. You can cancel online, or by calling or emailing the studio. Any cancellation made less than 12-hours in advance will result in forfeiting that class/session as a late-cancel.
We understand that from time to time an emergency will come up, but to keep things fair, we hold all reservations to the same 12-hour cancellation policy. If we cancel a class with less than 12-hours notice, we will credit that class to your account.
What about child care?
TPT does not provide child-care at our studio, so we ask that you not bring young children to the studio with you. Not only can it can be dangerous to have children “running around” the Pilates studio during classes, it’s also distracting and unfair to other students taking classes.
Where do I park?
Unfortunately, we have a very small parking lot that is shared with several businesses and the physical therapy side of TPT. As such, TPT asks that all Pilates clients use either street parking or park in one of the large lots nearby. The studio can offer you directions to the many parking options available.
How do I get started?
Visit our online scheduling site to sign-up for a Pilates group class or private session.