Benefits & Origins
Lean. Long. Strong. Smart.


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of more than 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition to total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress, and creates lean, long muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion -- with particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back, & pelvic girdle region). Our focus is on quality of movement, rather than quantity, which makes our clients feel invigorated -- rather than exhausted -- after a session. 

Why do Pilates?
With regular, committed Pilates exercises, you can expect to:
• Improve strength, flexibility and balance.
 Tone & build long, lean muscles without bulk.
• Restore postural alignment & create a stronger, more flexible spine.
• Promote recovery from strain or injury.
• Reduce stress, relieve tensions, boost energy through deep stretching.
• Improve circulation & heighten neuromuscular coordination.
• Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
• Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
• Improve the way your body looks and feels

Origin of Pilates
The foundation of many of our programs is based on the works of Joseph  Pilates. Born in Germany in 1880, Joe suffered as a child from muscular weakness due to asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. In an effort to overcome his limitations, he dedicated his life to becoming physically stronger. Joe Pilates became accomplished in sports as a boxer, gymnast, wrestler and skier in addition to practicing yoga and meditation. 

At the outset of WWI, he was touring 
with a boxer in England and placed under forced internment as an "enemy alien". It was in the camps that he refined his ideas of the perfect fitness regimen and trained other internees including those who were bedridden. Taking springs from their beds and rigging them to create resistance, he began to devise equipment to "rehab" his patients. This led to his later designs in apparatus and the birth of the Pilates Reformer and Tower which both function today as remarkable tools in rehabilitation and the development of true muscular balance and strength. 

In the 1920's, Joe brought his method to NYC with 
his wife Clara and they opened the first Pilates studio. They rented a small space in the same building as The NYC Ballet, where his method was quickly adopted by the ballet world as an adjunct to their work -- and a godsend for injured dancers. Joe trained clients of all ages and disciplines until his death in 1967 at the age of 87.

What is The Barre Technique? What are its benefits?
Barre Technique has its foundation in traditional ballet 
and the work of Lotte Berk, a russian dancer who developed a protocol for her own rehab after a serious spinal injury in the 1940's.  

Our Barre classes integrate the fat-burning format of interval training with muscle-shaping isometrics to quickly and safely reshape the entire body. Our non-impact, one-hour workout uses both the ballet barre and the mat, and targets all major muscle groups. The result is the recognizable Barre body, featuring sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted seat, and elongated thighs. This workout also requires mental focus as muscles are strengthened and then stretched to create a longer, leaner physique. 

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