About Pilates

What is Pilates?


Pilates was a person!  Joseph Pilates developed a series of exercises in the early 20th century forming a system of exercise which he termed “Contrology”.  The fundamental exercises are mat exercises or “matwork” as we like to call it.  They are accessible to everyone.  Continuously expanding his method, Pilates designed apparatus’ using spring resistence which deepen the practice of the exercises while allowing for variations in the physical fitness of his clients. In Pilates studios today you will find Reformers, Cadillacs, and Wunda Chairs (to name a few) still much the same as he designed them years ago. 

The Pilates method of exercise focuses on building a strong core body or “powerhouse” from which all movements originate.  The exercises are practiced and taught with the following principles in mind:

  • Centering
  • Control
  • Concentration
  • Flow
  • Breath
  • Precision

The benefits you will attain from Pilates include:

  • Improved posture
  • Greater strength, stretch and stability
  • Increased vitality
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Longer, leaner muscles
  • Improved mind to body connection
  • An invigorated mind and spirit