Classical Pilates

Named after its German inventor, Joseph H. Pilates (pi-LAH-teez), a boxer and dancer who also studied yoga and Zen meditation, the technique encompasses more than 500 controlled, precise movements designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles without adding bulk.  These exercises are practiced on specifically designed Pilates apparatus and on the mat. The exercises require concentration - working the body and mind. They focus on "core" muscles - the abdomen, back, and buttocks - together with deep, coordinated breathing. Correct posture and lower risk of injury are two benefits of the regimen. The Pilates system emphasizes musculo-skeletal balance, proper breathing and spinal alignment. This combines control of the abdominals, ease of movement and mental focus. Joseph Pilates' focus was restoring the body to true balance.

The Six Principles of The Classic Pilates Method

Control
Flow of Movement
Breath
Precision
Centering
Full Range of Motion

As Joseph H. Pilates put it over 70 years ago, "In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 session you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a different body."