Why Pilates


History


Pilates is an exercise style that combines strength training and physical therapy. It is a mind-body philosophy as well as a principled system of exercises, which can be done on a mat or on special machines. Most people gravitate to Pilates after injury, as a compliment to dynamic exercise, or after quitting other exercise styles that are painful or ineffective. Pilates instructors undergo a rigorous, multi-year certification process, and Pilates mat exercises are renowned for their rehabilitative qualities. With Pilates, you can expect to build a very strong core, stabilize your spine and hips, and understand the principles of strength training that will rejuvenate your body and keep it healthy.

As a testament to the quality of the method-- our unique studios now thrive worldwide.

History


Pilates is a style of exercise born from physical therapy and strength training. Joseph Pilates was a German physiotherapist who first refined his ‘Contrology’ strength techniques with injured soldiers. He invented special machines from hospital beds to assist the men in their rehabilitation. In 1925, he moved to New York and started a clinic above the NYC Ballet, where he refined his strength and rehab techniques with dancers. and invented the famous Reformer and Cadillac machines. After his death in 1967, his first generation of teachers renamed the method ‘Pilates’. Our unique studios now thrive worldwide.



Why Pilates Works


Pilates exercises are done with body awareness and a foundation of movement principles. These principles include powerful breathing, deep core strength, and stability in the pelvis, spine, ribcage and shoulders. This ensures perfect safety, healing, and strength training with precision for your unique body. Pilates workouts improve total body strength, core strength, balance, and flexibility. This culminates in a total-body workout that heals as well as strengthens the body. All moves are done with complete body control, and in this lies the magic of Pilates!



Why Pilates Works


Pilates exercises are meant to be done with complete safety, and guided by our movement principles. These principles include breathing, deep core strength, and stability in the pelvis, spine, ribcage and shoulders. This ensures perfect safety, healing, and strength training with precision for your unique body. Pilates workouts improve total body strength, core strength, balance, and flexibility. This culminates in a total-body workout that heals as well as strengthens the body. All moves are done with complete body control, and in this lies the magic of Pilates!



Pilates for Special Populations


Pilates is a fun and effective workout solution for individuals with chronic or temporary health conditions. The Pilates principles ensure your complete safety while releasing pain and gradually improving your strength and overall stability. If you have back pain, joint pain, are overweight, pregnant, contemplating surgery, or seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor— Pilates is highly recommended by doctors.



Pilates for Special Populations


Pilates is a fun and effective workout solution for individuals with chronic or temporary health conditions. The Pilates principles ensure your complete safety while releasing pain and gradually improving your strength and overall stability. If you have back pain, joint pain, are overweight, pregnant, contemplating surgery, or seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor— Pilates is highly recommended by doctors.



Pilates for Athletes


We believe Pilates and our Powerformer machines are an ideal compliment to athlete strength and conditioning regimens. Athletes will quickly reap the restorative rewards of these special machines-- precise movement patterning, intense core focus, chain stability, and injury prevention techniques that are impossible to replicate in the weight room. Stay in the game, don't drop out for injury or pain. Pilates workouts can be the next great way you improve at your sport!



Pilates for Athletes


We believe Pilates and our Powerformer machines are an ideal compliment to athlete strength and conditioning regimens. Athletes will quickly reap the restorative rewards of these special machines-- precise movement patterning, intense core focus, chain stability, and injury prevention techniques that are impossible to replicate in the weight room. Stay in the game, don't drop out for injury or pain. Pilates workouts can be the next great way you improve at your sport!