Exercises are designed to work the body as an integrated, whole system, instead of a series of independent muscle groups. This improves overall muscle tone, strength and flexibility in the body.
All Pilates exercises focus on building functional strength, flexibility and endurance in “core” postural muscles to create what Joseph Pilates (founder) called “a girdle of support” for the spine and pelvis. Attention to correct positioning and diaphragmatic breathing are integral components of each exercise Clients are encouraged to sharpen their mental focus, and keep their minds on what their bodies are doing.
As clients work on improving their core strength and joint mobility, their bodies begin to change shape and move differently. Abdominals flatten, lower backs become better supported, and overall posture improves. With the aid of specialty Pilates equipment, which challenges the muscular system with spring tension resistance, overall body fat is diminished as the body’s muscle mass increases.
Key emphasis is placed on identifying faulty postural movement patterns, and then correcting these by working with both skeletal and muscular systems. So often when we work out we concentrate almost exclusively on the muscular system. What Pilates helps us remember is that muscles only work efficiently and properly when our skeleton and all of our joints move freely and smoothly.
Pre-Natal Pilates’ exercises are designed to improve and support changing posture. Focus is placed upon gentle strengthening and toning of the muscles used to carry the growing baby; reducing stress and back and hip pain. In addition, exercises help to prepare the body for an easier labour and a quicker recovery after delivery.
The Pilates philosophy focuses on training the mind and body to work together to achieve the goal of overall fitness. As a comprehensive system of conditioning and rehabilitation, this gentle yet intense routine is beneficial for people of all ages and activity levels.

Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility.

The tower is a modified version of the ‘Pilates Cadillac’, being that it has many possibilities of spring tensions to challenge the body. The placement of the springs at many heights along the posts of the tower, can invite different fuller movements than the reformer.

The Pilates Chair, also called the ‘Wunda Chair’ is another of Joseph Pilates' resistance exercise machines. Though the basic design is simple, there are a myriad of exercises that can be performed on the Pilates chair. It is excellent for strengthening the core muscles, the arms and legs.

The term “BOSU” has evolved to mean “Both Sides Utilized.” This unstable piece of equipment is designed to challenge your balance and proprioceptive experience by enhancing basic exercises to work the deep muscles of the body, that help to stabilize and strengthen the joints in the body.

The step barrel also known as the spine corrector, is very useful in helping to correct the alignment of the spine. Many Pilates mat exercises can be translated onto the spine corrector and the half arc.

Whether utilizing a roller, fitness circle, theraband, weighted balls, exercise ball, rotational discs, or a sit-fit, each apparatus will offer a unique dimension to the Pilates mat exercises, aiding to improve core stability, flexibility and mind body awareness.