The Pilates Method is an exercise method that engages your whole attention and leaves you refreshed and alert with a feeling of physical and mental well-being.
WHO: Legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates developed the Pilates Method in the 1920s. He designed the Pilates Method as an exercise system which focuses on increasing flexibility and strength to build longer, leaner, more defined muscles. Read more about the history of Pilates.
WHY: Because your mind is engaged with your body to perform the movement correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
HOW: Through the work, the abdomen, gluteals and lower back are supported and strengthened, enabling the body to move more efficiently and freely. The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is the simultaneous integration of control, flexibility, strength, precision, breath, flow of movement, and body awareness.
WHO can do Pilates: The Pilates Method is good for any individual who wants to get in shape. It is also utilized by fitness enthusiasts to engage in a refreshing form of exercise, by professional athletes to gain a competitive edge, and by professional dancers to improve technique. The Pilates Method can be safely used by anyone regardless of his or her current fitness level.
PILATES MAT WORK
Pilates Mat is the foundation of The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. Mat is a series of exercises integrating control, flexibility, strength, precision, breath, flow of movement, and body awareness. No equipment is necessary. Please see our current schedule of classes.
PILATES APPARATUS WORK
Pilates Apparatus work is also a series of exercises integrating control, flexibility, strength, precision, breath, flow of movement, and body awareness. It uses apparatus equipment such as springs and bars to focus on more specific muscle movement along with the added resistance. We provide one-on-one sessions and classes on the apparatus. Please see our Apparatus Information Page.
[The Pilates Method] "develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."
Joseph H. Pilates, Return to Life