German born physical-culturist, gymnast and boxer, Joseph H. Pilates (1883-1967) created a body of work which he called "Contrology", but posthumously has come to be known as the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. Using original specialized apparatus he designed with unique spring-based resistance, as well as floor or "Mat" work the method works by toning muscles, as well as balancing the forces at the joint level. It stimulates circulation and detoxification through facilitating muscular flexibility, joint range of motion and proper musculoskeletal alignment. In addition, it promotes new neuromuscular patterns, heightened body awareness, and more precise coordination. All these things combine to help prevent future re-injury and reduce - even in some cases alleviate - chronic pain altogether.
We teach the original work and teachings of Mr. Pilates, on equipment & apparatus build to his original design which helps ensure the depth, power, and integrity of the system holds true and keeps changing bodies as it has for almost a century.
We are guided in our teaching & practice with the guiding principles of:
In 2001, a Manhattan federal court cancelled the Pilates trademark and the word became generic like yoga, or karate. While this allowed for an incredible expansion of the industry, and has allowed for the method to become more accessible to more people, unfortunately we are seeing a monumental decline in the integrity, quality, safely & depth in the delivery & practice of the traditional Pilates Method. All of our Pilates teachers have a MINIMUM of 1000 hours of training (compared to the industry standard of 450 hours), have a direct lineage back to Mr. Pilates, and are deeply committed to teaching his work in a way that has incredible depth, understanding, curiosity, and fun! You can read more about our philosophy & delivery of the Pilates Method here.
The difference is clear upon your first workout, nothing changes a body as powerfully as the traditional Pilates Method!