Pilates (pronounced pul-LAH-teez) is an exercise regimen that elongates and strengthens the muscles. It is
a balanced, safe, and relaxing form of exercise that combines the flexibility training of yoga with the strength-building
workouts of a gym. By balancing alignment, Pilates can strengthen your body and elongate your muscles to help
prevent future injuries.
Famous for a Reason
Like yoga, Pilates has become increasingly
popular in the last few years, and is not just a fad. Developed
in the 1920s by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates,
the method focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the
entire body, versus traditional strength training which focuses
on individual muscle groups. Pilates developed a specific device,
called a "Reformer" that was designed to provide both
resistive and assistive training.
Private sessions are the best way to experience Pilates because unlike other exercise classes, it focuses on
form versus repetition. Until the basic skills are mastered, we recommend private instruction, which also uses
the Pilates apparatus. We do offer small-group mat sessions on a limited basis as well as private mat instruction.
Other classes that incorporate movement are Feldenkrais and yoga.