- What is Pilates and who is Joseph Pilates?
Joseph Pilates (1880-1968) was born near Dusseldorf, Germany and suffered as a child from rheumatic fever, rickets, and asthma. Refusing to succumb to these ailments, he immersed himself into learning both Western and Eastern forms of exercise. He wove these practices with elements from his experiences as a diver, gymnast, and boxer into his own method of exercise. During the great influenza epidemic that swept England he developed exercises for the bed ridden patients that could be done while in a hospital bed utilizing bed springs, ropes and pulleys. These creations led to his modern Pilates equipment that are in use today. During the 1920’s, Joseph and his wife, Clara, moved to New York City and opened the first Pilates studio.
Joseph's new fitness regiment requires complete focus on every breath and movement. Initially, it appealed to artists such as dancers and actors who were attracted to training of both the body and mind. There are many benefits of Pilates such as improvement of mental clarity, increased flexibility, improvement of posture, longer-leaner muscles, and overall strength without straining the body. Pilates has now boomed into a phenomenon that attracts an entire range of people, from celebrities, to the elderly, to those who are rehabilitating from an injury and want a safe, effective way to exercise.
- What do I wear to Pilates?
Comfortable clothing that is form fitting and easy to move in like yoga wear. No big bulky sweatshirts and t-shirts. We need to be able to see what your body is doing. Socks are required for privates, duets and all group classes. Socks with tread are preferable for added traction. Please note, you will need sneakers for the Trampoline Pilates class.
- Where can I park?
Our building, The Monroe Center, has a FREE PARKING lot behind the building.
- What are the benefits of Pilates?
There are many benefits of Pilates such as improvement of mental clarity, increased flexibility, improvement of posture and attitude, longer-leaner muscles, and overall strength without straining the body. Pilate is also great for clients that are rehabilitating from an injury or surgery due to the controlled and focused movement. We promise that you will leave each class feeling stronger, taller and happier.
- Can I just drop in to a class?
Our classes tend to fill up quickly so we highly recommend you reserve your spot before dropping in.
- What are the cancellation policies?
In order to not lose your session, you must cancel 24hrs. prior to your scheduled appointment time for private and duet sessions. In order to not lose your group class, you must cancel 2hrs prior to the scheduled class. No Exceptions!