Frequently asked questions for new clients
The information below is intended to answer some of the most common questions people ask when scheduling their first Paula Method session.
The first session
The first lesson combines a long and thorough health assessment, a physical evaluation, and an exercise lesson, all in one meeting. This allows Mical to gather information and better understand the client’s personal needs and goals, and to assess the relationship between the different physical symptoms of the individual.
The first lesson is longer than normal, and can last for up to 90 minutes. You will be given a notebook intended to help you record and remember the exercises you learn during each lesson, allowing you to review and practice them at home. The notebook may also be used at home to write down any impressions or comments you may have or any reactions that you experience at home, either while practicing or in general.
Ongoing lessons are 60 minutes long, and are one-to-one. The exercises, and ways of practicing them, will be tailored to your personal needs and based on your body’s reaction to them.
You will discover that, unlike many other methods and approaches to movement, the Paula Method uses few words to describe the exercises, and Michal will not demonstrate how to correctly preform them. She will give further instructions only if they are necessary to your work. You will, however, be asked how the exercises make you feel, and will be encouraged to pay attention to chain reactions in your body as you work. These chain reactions reveal the needs and strengths of the body, and help us approach these needs efficiently, bringing quicker results.
Practicing at home
The Paula Method is very subtle. It changes the body’s tendencies and movement patterns gently and pleasantly, but requires time and practice to allow these changes to occur. The exercises require repetition to enable changes in the body’s habits and offer better ways for the body to work. This takes time and commitment, but as the exercises are so pleasant to perform, our students find them to be something they look forward to practicing. In no time you will develop a “thirst” for these minutes of practice, and your body will start to demand them.
Usually, the more familiar students are with the method, the more time they want to dedicate to practice. Many of the method’s exercises can be practiced on the go, while performing daily activities such as walking, driving, sitting, standing or eating. No special equipment is necessary. The amount of time dedicated to practice at home will be a big part in how quickly you see results. Mical recommends about 30 minutes of practice daily. The longer you practice for, the more profound the results you’ll experience.
What to wear for a lesson?
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 would be suitable, with bare feet or socks. You may change into your practice clothes at the beginning of your session if jeans and belts are your thing.
When to expect results
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.
How long does it usually take?
The process is very personal and varies with each individual, making it hard to predict how long it will take to feel the results. Mical 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. Mical 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.