What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise methodology developed by Mr. Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara. Pilates focuses on controlled movements, using the abdominals and coordinating breathing. The Pilates method is touted as a way to create longer leaner muscles, improve posture, strengthen the spine and reduce the incidence of disc herniation. 

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is ageless and genderless. Anyone can benefit from Pilates! With hundreds of exercises Pilates will push you farther than you ever thought your body could go!

How does the body benefit from Pilates?

Pilates is a mind-body exercise that is challenging yet gentle. This workout is ideal for all ages and skill levels, from the professional athlete to the post rehabilitation client. The reformer can be used to assist or resist the client depending on his/her physical condition. and can be performed for a lifetime. Pilates increases strength, flexibility, balance and posture which tones the body without "bulking". Over time clients will develop a solid core, long/lean thighs and a strong back allowing the body to move in a more efficient pattern of movement. 

Why Swell Studio?

Swell Studio is the only Pilates Studio in Nashville that has Physical Therapists as instructors. In fact, three of our eight instructors are licensed Physical Therapists. Their expertise of the body and movement patterns provides a unique blend of manual therapy, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular knowledge. They use this knowledge during instruction to reduce pain and optimize movement. All of our instructors, included P.T's have been through intense Pilates training requiring of 400 hours of both student training and of observation by a skilled instructor. Our instructors continue to build on their skills through continued education courses, online courses and self practice. They are all educated thoroughly and are able to modify or advance any exercise according to the clients needs. Click here to learn more about our instructors.  

Be prepared for your first pilates session.

What to wear: Comfortable, form-fitting clothes that you can move in, Stretchy fabrics, Nothing excessively baggy, And clothes that cover when you move, bend, twist or have legs in the air, Socks with grips on your feet (full coverage socks only, no toes exposed). Grippy socks available for purchase in the studio. Please no jewelry.

What to bring: Just yourself and an optional small towel, although we will provide you with one at the studio. We also have a water cooler and cups. 

Accommodations: The studio has a private bathroom for changing but no shower. 

Arrival: Arrive 10 minutes early for your first session to fill out a Health Form and Studio Waiver and also to avoid missing out on any of your workout time. There is a parking lot in front of the building and the studio is inside the main door on the right. Please call if you need help with directions. 

Your first session:  You may may typically start at a slower, more moderate pace.  We have no designated “beginner” class, so take your time and get acclimated with the Reformer and movements.  We spend extra time teaching you proper form and beginner movements. But you can expect and look forward to gaining a more flowing pace and intense workout in the future sessions!

Our approach: We are passionate about providing a challenging workout, but focused on form and stretching. We have three instructors that are licensed Physical Therapist who can give you excellent feedback on any past or current injuries. You can expect some hands on help and are encouraged to ask questions. We get to know each and every client and pride ourselves on having a warm, friendly community of clients. We can't wait for you to join us. 

Cancellations:  Our studio has a strict cancellation policy. All AM classes must be cancelled 10 hours prior to class time, and all PM classes must be cancelled 6 hours prior to class time. To be fair to all clients, we cannot make any exceptions, even in the case of unexpected illness or conflict. Should you need to cancel with less than 10/6 hour notice, you session will be charged or deducted from your package.  

Refunds: Refunds are not available, however we are happy to offer account credit.  Please contact us for more info.