Frequently Asked Questions from New Clients
Below are the most common questions new clients ask when scheduling their first Paula Method session.
Q: what’s The Initial Consultation?
A: 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.
Q: Should I sign up for a private session or a group class?
A: 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.
Q: Will I have to PRACTICE between sessions?
A: 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.
Q: What should I wear for a session?
A: The Paula Method is a movement education program. Dress to move! You’ll be moving your body while standing, walking, moving around, sitting, in addition to stretching and lifting your legs and arms over the floor while lying down.
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).
Q: When to expect results?
A: Expect results any time. If you practice at home, you may feel changes taking place within the first few lessons. You may even feel your body reacting to the practice as soon as your first lesson. However, the body needs time to get used to new patterns and habits, and it is therefore important to keep practicing and supporting the body on its way to achieving balance.
Q: How long does it usually take?
A: The process is very personal and varies with each individual, making it hard to predict how long it will take to feel the results. Micahl generally recommends that clients commit to 6 initial lessons, to get a clear understanding of how the method works.
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. Micahl recommends 2–3 lessons per week at the beginning, allowing 2 days for home practice between each. You may experience changes quickly through this kind of work, and these can be addressed, and your practice adjusted accordingly, if you are able to attend regularly. At the same time, if your body requires more stimulation to initiate change, the frequent appointments will allow you to progress more quickly. Later on, you can reduce the lessons to once a week and continue until the issues you came with have been resolved.