Frequently Asked Questions from New Clients
Below are the most common questions new clients ask when scheduling their first Paula Method session.
what’s The Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation takes 90 minutes and consists of a thorough health assessment and your first private session. I’ll get to know you and understand your specific needs and goals. This will allow me to tailor a plan that addresses these needs and creates the right conditions to allow your body to regain its optimal health.
Should I sign up for a private session or a group class?
It depends on your goals. If you have a specific health issue you would like to resolve, I would recommend a private session. Here you’ll receive the individualized attention that is not possible in a group class.
Group classes are a good way to support the individual work that you have done in private sessions. In a group class you’ll become a part of a community of people who practice the Paula method.
If your goal is to learn an alternative approach to health and movement, a group session is a good place to start. In this way, you’ll get a sense of the method and its approach to the mind-body connection.
Can I have a semi-private session?
Yes, you can. But please understand that semi-private sessions are like group sessions for two people.
The work we do with more than one person in a session cannot be as thorough or differentiated as it is in a private session.
If you have a serious health issue you would like to treat, your best option is a private session.
Will I have to PRACTICE between sessions?
Practice is integral to the Paula Method. The exercises are very subtle. They change the body’s tendencies and movement patterns gently and pleasantly, but require repetition to allow these changes to occur.
What should I wear for a session?
The Paula Method is a movement education program, so dress to move. Wear clothing that is comfortable, isn’t restrictive, and allows for maximum flexibility. (Anything you would wear for a yoga or Pilates lesson is suitable).
You can have bare feet or wear socks. Please don’t wear jeans or belts.
For online lessons, please wear lighter colors (so that I can see you better).
How often should I have sessions?
Either once or twice a week, depending on the results of your initial consultation. You should also allow two days for home practice between sessions. I generally recommend committing to six initial lessons before assessing your progress.
When can I expect results?
It depends on each individual. Many people feel their bodies reacting to the exercises at their first lesson. If you practice at home, you may feel changes taking place within the first few lessons. Because the body needs time to get used to new patterns and habits it is important to keep supporting it through continual practice. Everyone achieves results according to their body’s state of balance and healing priorities.
How long will it take to resolve my health issue?
The process is very personal and varies with each individual, making it hard to predict how long it will take. During the 6th session, we will asses your progress and discuss the next steps to take.
It is helpful to think of the work in 6-lesson blocks: 6, 12, 18, 24 or 30 lessons. The length of the treatment depends on the complexity of your symptoms, the reaction of your body to the exercises, and the amount of time you dedicate to your practice.