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Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve strength, balance and mobility. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and is based on principles of natural movement. It works with your body’s natural anatomic design and focuses on lengthening and strengthening muscles from the inside out in proper alignment. Core strength improves stability and balance, resulting in better posture.

Pilate’s original goal was to rehabilitate people from injuries. When Joseph brought Pilates to North America the dancing community fell in love with it. Dancers’ bodies can develop frequent injuries and pain.

Pilates works with the body’s natural anatomic design and builds upon postural alignment by using springs, resistance bands or weights to create what are called “Pilates movements.” These movements use the mind-body connection to coordinate breathing with movement in order to build core strength and control.

These movements are performed on specialized equipment that can be used by beginners all the way up through advanced students. The equipment includes:

  • Reformer – An apparatus that allows you to perform hundreds of different exercises using your own body weight as resistance.
  • Wunda Chair – Similar in appearance and function as the Reformer but more compact and portable for people who want an intense workout at home or at work (when you don’t have access to a gym).
  • Cadillac – A piece of equipment with springs on either side that helps increase balance while performing various exercises such as squats or planks
  • Mat – all you need is a mat and you can perform all the original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. These are called Contrology.
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