Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise using a floor mat or a variety of equipment.  It evolved from the principles of Contrology,  an exercise regimen created by Joseph Pilates, and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk and is capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.  The method emphasizes body awareness, good posture and strong breath patterns.  Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion.  It often alleviates back pain through improved core strength and alignment.

The mind-body exercises of the Pilates method strengthen the mental focus of physical movement, stressing quality over quantity.  This type of exercise is far more efficient and safe than traditional gym workouts.  It is often used to re-establish "rusty" nerve pathways and clarity of mind.  Students with arthritis, muscular sclerosis, diabetes and balance problems have found great relief through Pilates exercises.  Many physical therapist use the Pilates exercises and equipment in their practice, and recommend continued, "life long study", to keep the joints and muscles strong and healthy.  These highly controlled exercises are also great tools to teach children proper joint alignment and function, especially in their teens when their growth plates are under so much stress..

Elite athletes, such as Olympic swimmers, skaters and dancers, "cross train" in Pilates.  Young hopefuls are coached through countless exercises and stretches designed to address specific movements in their chosen sport.  Their sessions are a study of movement including terminology, joint function, and basic anatomy.  Injury prevention and care is incorporated throughout the session to assure the young athlete develops healthy habits, both mentally and physically.  

No matter what your age or physical condition, Pilates will work for you, but don't take our word for it. According to the SGMA, in the U.S. alone, nearly nine million people participated in Pilates in 2009 - a staggering 456% increase from 2000.