What is the Pilates Method?

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning was developed in the 1920s by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates as a system of exercises that increase muscle strength and flexibility throughout the entire body.

The focus in on gaining support and strength in the central muscles of the body (called the Powerhouse) - the abdomen, lower back, inner thighs, and gluteal muscles - thus allowing the entire body to move with greater balance and coordination. The exercises help to flatten the stomach, trim hips, slim thighs, and increase upper body strength.

More than 500 specifically designed movements are performed on mats and on the unique apparatus built by Joseph H. Pilates. The exercises use resistance along with the body's own weight to massage, align, stretch, and strength muscles. As muscle tone and strength develop the body takes on a more streamlined shape with increased over-all flexibility. The exercises engage the entire body using focused concentration, muscle control, and coordinated breathing to provide a refreshing, energizing workout.


Pilates students Susan Austin & Sherri Tarrantano in a duet session

Who does Pilates?

The Pilates Method has been safely practiced by people of all ages for over eight decades. Because there is little impact on the body's joints, the work is accessible to older adults, people rehabilitating from soft tissue injury, and preferred by those looking for an alternative to high impact exercise. Instruction is specifically tailored to meet each client's needs. Since the Pilates Method is progressive, you can start at any fitness level.