What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of body conditioning that is a unique system of exercise, movement and focused breathing designed to stretch and strengthen the body. It was developed over ninety years ago by the late Joseph H. Pilates. Pilates can be practiced on specifically designed equipment created by Joe or by doing his “Contrology” exercises on a mat.


Although a full body work out, because of its emphasis on the core, Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen the abdominal, lower back and pelvic regions. Pilates is often used in rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation training of those individuals who suffer from back, hip or neck pain.

With consistent practice, Pilates promotes:

    • Optimal health, alignment and movement retraining
    • Strengthens and tones muscles
    • Increases lung capacity
    • Improves posture
    • Provides flexibility and balance
    • Unites body and mind
    • Creates a more streamlined shape

pilates1Who is Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was a sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. In an effort to make and keep his body healthy he studied yoga, Zen and ancient Greek and Roman physical exercise regimes.

At the outbreak of World War I, while living in England as a performer and boxer, Pilates was placed under forced internment along with other German nationals in Lancaster, England. It was at this time that he began devising the original mat work exercises that he referred to as “Contrology”.

A few years later he was transferred to another camp where he began working with bedridden patients who were unable to walk or exercise. Joseph Pilates attached springs to their beds which enabled them to exercise their limbs, gain strength and improve at a quicker rate. This form of rehabilitation was the beginning of his spring based machines.

To find out more about Pilates please visit the Pilates Method Alliance at www.pilatesmethodalliance.org.



Advanced reservations are required for all classes. Pilates Classes are all conducted barefoot. Please bring your own mat for classes; Private Pilates sessions with an instructor prior to entering a class are strongly encouraged. Please arrive 5 minutes before scheduled class start time.

Pilates Matwork/ Pure Pilates/Pilates Plus

Enjoy the benefits of increased back and abdominal strength in this Total Body workout. You will gain strength, flexibility and joy! Pilates Matwork, Pure Pilates and Pilates Plus will take you through the classical exercises of Joe Pilates. Pilates Matwork and may include props. Classes Limited to 5 participants

Pilates Equipment Classes

Experience the total body conditioning of resistance training on the Reformer  and/or  Cadillac in a small group class.  Teacher approval required to participate in this exciting class.  Limited to 3  participants.

Pilates and Fitness Teacher Training and Intern Program

  • 500 Hour Pilates Matwork and Equipment Program
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