PILATES is a form of exercise designed to stretch and strengthen the body without building bulk or stressing the joints. Primary emphasis is placed on breath, core conditioning and body awareness. Exercises are performed on a mat and on several specially designed exercise machines known as the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Chair and the Barrel.

PILATES was developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates, a young German plagued by a series of debilitating childhood illnesses, who began studying anatomy and exercising to regain his strength and health. Pilates became an accomplished athlete and a nurse who later began rehabilitating bedridden patients with exercises he designed using bedsprings attached to hospital beds.

After the war, Pilates brought his style of body conditioning and specialized exercise apparatus to New York City and in 1926 opened the first New York Pilates Studio®. Located near a number of ballet and dance studios, Pilates’ exercise program developed a popularity among dancers that continues to the present day. Today PILATES is a popular form of exercise among individuals from all levels of fitness and walks of life.

Performed on a mat or specialized equipment, PILATES is a fitness regime for a lifetime. The perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, sport, rehab and life, PILATES exercises will leave you looking toned, feeling revitalized and moving with ease.