The Pilates Method, developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility, strength, stability, and body awareness, without building bulk.

While teaching Contrology, the coordination of the mind, body and spirit, Pilates concentrates on a number of key elements to condition the entire body: proper alignment, control, precision, breathing, flowing movement, centering, and concentration.

Initially used as rehabilitation for soldiers returning from war and as injury prevention and enhanced training for dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine, Pilates remains one of the most effective ways to keep the body healthy and strong for life.