What is Pilates?

Pilates is a unique system of strengthening and stretching the body, designed to improve one's posture and core strength by working with proper alignment, breathing, and placement.

Each session provides the benefits of resistance strengthening, excellent core work and total-body toning. You will feel focused, energized yet balanced, and lengthened. We will work on specialized apparatus in the studio with spring-weighted resistance, (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair) or for in-home sessions, using mat work and props that I provide.

The method was created by Joseph Pilates in the early part of the century to help rehabilitate bed-ridden and injured soldiers. It went from very humble beginnings (Joseph Pilates rigged beds with springs so the bed-ridden could exercise) to a world-wide exercise phenomenon, suitable for all walks of life.

Try a session today to see its transformative qualities for yourself!

Principles of Pilates

You will encounter the following concepts in each Pilates session:

  • The Core (the "cage" of strength encompassing the muscles in the lower abdominals, pelvis, low back, and diaphragm; also sometimes referred to as the "Powerhouse")
  • Breathing
  • Alignment
  • Form (mindful movements)
  • Balance
  • Stamina
  • Relaxation (deep breath work helps encourage calmness and centering while working)
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Flow-(the exercises have a fluidity to them; as well as flowing one into the next)