Marcia Polas — Alignment and Movement Educator | Occupational Pilates Teacher | Myofascial and Cranial Sacral Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of Pilates?
Balance, strength and flexibility. Pilates will help you learn how to use your body correctly and build muscle tone and strength while increasing muscle balance, physical balance and flexibility.

We teach a breathing technique and require a focus on movement that frequently offers the benefits of meditation. Before beginning your program, we’ll agree on your goals (i.e., “I no longer want to have back pain.” Or simply, “I want a strong and beautiful body.”). We then evaluate progress quarterly.

Occupational-specific clients are taken one step further. Student/apprentices are trained in body awareness and an understanding of how to use their instrument effectively for their craft. For those already practicing their profession, we strive to be a partner first in alignment/re-alignment, and then evolve the work based on ever-changing needs, recognizing that those needs are dynamic in nature.

Who should do Pilates?
Pilates is appropriate for almost everyone. Certain spinal diseases may prevent someone from doing Pilates, but these are few and far between. For the most part, Pilates benefits people of all ages and abilities. Marcia has worked with students from 12 – 87 years old, athletes, exercise novices, and those who are physically challenged. She will design a program specifically tailored to you, your goals and abilities.

What does polaspilates do differently?
Marcia specializes in learning the physical patterns and associated impact of specific careers on a body. It is much easier to correct patterns within the client’s own space. Part of both group and private work includes the study of client patterns in their own environments, building curriculum to address those patterns. Marcia also addresses fascial patterns creating postural issues and train students in self-myofascial release techniques, allowing them to have greater success quickly.

How soon will I see results?
Most clients have a better understanding of their body after the first session. In 10 sessions, things will start to really click and the physical results will begin to be felt and seen. (The myofascial release and Cranial Sacral work creates visible change immediately!)

How many times a week do I need to do Pilates? Or to work with Marcia?
Marcia asks clients to take on a daily practice (of at least 10 minutes at home) immediately. In order to make true gains in your strength and flexibility and to maintain those achievements, Pilates has to be a part of your regular routine.

A Pilates class or private work with a teacher serves the student best if scheduled twice a week.

Most of Marcia’s active realignment and retraining clients see her once weekly for 2-3 hours per session. After enough progress is made, many are able to simply check in monthly or even every few months, and for those whose jobs don’t change regularly (unlike her performing artist students) this eventually extends to once every six months for a check in and reboot.

Where was Marcia Trained?
Marcia’s apparatus and mat training come from Pendleton Pilates in Cincinnati, Ohio. Marcia participated in and completed Pendleton’s four-month intensive training program and then worked for Pendleton for a year following training. She seeks out workshops whenever possible and sites Alan Herdman, Troy McCarty, and the late Julian Littleford as her mentors. She studies myofascial and Cranial Sacral work via private mentors and workshops. Marcia is a member of The Pilates Method Alliance and is the free-lance editor of their quarterly newsletter, The Hundred!