About Pilates

Pilates is a whole-body exercise system.

Pilates is a whole-body exercise system focused on core-based training and Mindful Movement. Pilates core-based training develops core strength — the "core" being the deepest muscles that support our internal organs, stabilize the spine and pelvis and keep us balanced and supported during motion. Additionally, Pilates core-based training helps develop optimal alignment and proper sequence of muscle use. This is important because without core strength our bodies tend to (over-) compensate when we move, which ultimately creates sub-optimal alignment, joint compression and pain/injury. Pilates combines core-based training with body awareness techniques and non-impact, 3D full-body movements, resulting in a well conditioned, balanced body that is resistant to injury and moves with grace and control.

Originally called "Contrology", Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. A groundbreaking method at the time, Contrology blended Eastern and Western philosophies of movement with exercises developed from a combination of gymnastics, yoga and the martial arts. While the name Contrology did not survive beyond Joseph's own lifetime, his approach to fitness certainly did. Today, contemporary methods of Pilates such as STOTT PILATES* incorporate current models of exercise science and are established within medical communities, amongst professional sports and dance organizations and throughout the mainstream fitness world.