What is Pilates?

In the 1930’s, Joseph Pilates pioneered his namesake discipline on the Mat and on various equipment which he invented to strengthen the center, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, build muscle tone and gain flexibility. The Pilates technique develops strong abdominal & postural muscles to support the skeletal system and act as the “powerhouse” of the body.

Ellie Herman has further developed the system reflecting her eclectic background in yoga, gymnastics, dance and Chinese medicine. Pilates develops a strong center which helps alleviate back pain, prevents injury, & improves performance in all aspects of life.


How is Ellie different?

Ellie received her formal Pilates training in 1991 in New York City, where she studied with two of Joseph Pilates' proteges, Romana Kryzanowska and Kathy Grant. Formerly a professional dancer and choreographer with her own dance company, Ellie has a background that includes contemporary dance technique, yoga, gymnastics, kinesiology, and anatomy. Ellie strives to integrate her diverse background in movement and her classical training to continually expand her approach and bring balance back to the body. 

Is Pilates for Men?

Absolutely! Many male professional athletes incorporate Pilates into their cross training and athletic conditioning. Pilates helps with overall balance and control, making it a perfect compliment to running, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, skiing, and football. Pittsburg Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown performs functional Pilates exercises to strengthen and protect his hip flexors. LeBron James, Jason Kidd, and Tiger Woods all swear by Pilates. 


Is Pilates appropriate for injury rehabilitation?

A Pilates regimen is an excellent way to rehabilitate injuries and conditions like chronic back and neck pain, disc dysfunction, knee injuries and instability, hip pain and replacements, ankle instability, shoulder impingement and pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, SI joint problems, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and repetitive strain injuries. 

Pilates is a gentle corrective exercise regime which balances muscle groups by strengthening weakness, lengthening tightness, and bringing proper range of motion to the joints while stabilizing the core. Pilates machines are engineered to work the body safely in proper alignment with low resistance and low impact, which is the ultimate rehabilitation environment. 

Our Rehabilitation Instructors have specialized training and understand how to create an appropriate routine for people with injuries and chronic conditions.