“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”

— Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology


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German-born Joseph Pilates was living in England, working as a circus performer and boxer, when he was placed in forced internment at the outbreak of WWI. While in the internment camp, he began to develop the floor exercises that evolved into what we now know as the Pilates Method.

As time went by, Joseph Pilates began to work with rehabilitating detainees who were suffering from diseases and injuries. It was invention born of necessity that inspired him to utilize items that were available to him: he create resistance exercise equipment for his patients using bed springs and beer keg rings! These were the humble beginnings of the equipment we use in the studio today: the Pilates Reformer and the magic circle.

Pilates Mat Class

Pilates targets the deep muscles of the abdomen and spine to strengthen the body from the inside-out and achieve proper alignment. The goal is to attain a balance of strength and flexibility, a balance of opposing muscle groups and better balance in the body when moving through all of life’s activities. Joseph Pilates, years ahead of his time, knew that gravity pulls our bodies out of alignment, distorting joint relationships and causing some muscles to bear greater loads and others to under perform. Pilates derives its effectiveness by working against gravity, improving alignment and correcting faulty movement habits so that the body learns the correct way to perform movement and the correct muscles to use in that performance.


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The Pilates Reformer

The resistance created by the Reformer’s pulley and spring system distinguishes it from a traditional Pilates mat class by challenging the strength and endurance unique to individual users. Reformers can produce visible results sooner — firmness and definition in arm, leg and abdominal muscles improve within a dozen or so regular sessions in most students. The Pilates Reformer is the perfect core-strength-building complement to any regular yoga practice.

“The benefits of working out on a Pilates Reformer include access to hundreds of exercises for small and large muscle groups alike, plus the ability to keep workouts varied and modified according to your fitness goals or physical needs. A consistent Pilates practice delivers fitness improvements ranging from stronger muscles built by resistance work to deep core control built through stabilization exercises.”

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/146949-what-can-you-expect-from-using-the-pilates-reformer/#ixzz1mb0U5HdG

If you are booking a private Pilates Reformer appointment, please remember to bring non-slip socks — we like and recommend Toe Sox!

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

— Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology