photos of Joseph Pilates by I C Rapoport, 1961

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a whole-body exercise system that engages the mind, body, and spirit. It strengthens the body, restores flexibility and mobility, increases endurance, improves biomechanics, sharpens the mind, and provides a sense of calm and control.

The Pilates system consists of mat work and apparatus work. It is important that students of Pilates have access to the system in its entirety in order to achieve balance in the body. 

The mat work is one of the most difficult to master parts of the system as it offers little support.  The apparatus was created to support the body and to assist it in the proper execution of all of the exercises. The apparatus helps to keep good form while building strength and endurance through its spring-loaded resistance training.

As students work their way through the exercises on the mat and on the apparatus, they will be better able to reach their fitness goals.

The Mat
 consists of 34 precise, controlled exercises that incorporate full, deep breaths. The powerhouse muscles, the stomach, buttocks, and inner thighs, are recruited in every exercise while challenging the rest of the body as well.

The Apparatus
 is your spring-loaded secret to increased strength, endurance, balance, stability, and flexibility. We have all of the apparatus Joseph Pilates designed, and use only Gratz, the original manufacturer of Pilates apparatus.

Our studio features the following apparatus:

Tower/Wall Units
High/Electric Chair
Wunda Chair
Arm/Baby Chair
Ladder Barrel
Spine Corrector
Small Barrel

Airplane Board
Neck Stretcher
Foot Corrector
Toe Corrector
Sand Bags
Push-Up Devices
Magic Circles