photo of Joseph Pilates by I C Rapoport 1961
What is Pilates?
"The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed nearly 100 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates. It strengthens and tones the muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a more streamlined shape." - Brooke Siler “The Pilates Body”
The Pilates System
Pilates works every muscle in your body - including your brain! The system consists of two types of workouts: mat and apparatus.
The Mat consists of 34 exercises performed fluidly from start to finish with precision, control, and concentration, incorporating full, deep breathing and promoting balance. These exercises, when done properly, originate from deep within the powerhouse - the stomach, buttocks, inner thighs - and work the entire body in every range of motion.
The Apparatus is spring-loaded for resistance and trains strength and endurance, challenges balance and stability, and increases flexibility. Our studio is fully outfitted with Gratz apparatus, the original manufacturer of Joseph Pilates' designs. No matter what your body's needs are, we have an "app" for that: Reformer, Cadillac, Tower/Wall Units, High/Electric Chair, Wunda Chair, Arm/Baby Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Small Barrel, Pedi-Pull, Airplane Board, Neck Stretcher, Foot Corrector, Toe Corrector, Sand Bags, Push-Up Devices, and Magic Circles.
While the mat remains the most recognized part of the Pilates system, it is also one of one of the toughest to master. The apparatus and their accompanying exercises were made to facilitate the mat work. Neither part of the system exists independently of the other, and a person wishing to reap the full benefits of Pilates should be practicing the system in its entirety.