The Pilates Method

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”

Joseph H. Pilates


Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates, a performer and boxer living in England during the outbreak of WWI. He was placed in an internment camp with other German nationals in Lancaster, England in 1914. It was there that he created the original Pilates “matwork.” From there he was transferred to another camp where he became a caretaker of the injured. While there, he devised the apparatus still used in Pilates today to rehabilitate his patients. Matwork is the foundation of Pilates, and is an integral part of all Pilates programming.

The Pilates method has three overriding principles: whole body health, whole body commitment, and breath. The guiding principles of the Pilates method are concentration, centering, control, breathing, precision, and flowing movement.

Pilates emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. With hundreds of exercises, Pilates will gently push you further than you ever thought your body could go.


Pilates is a challenging, low-impact, total body workout that focuses on strengthening the core and elongating musculature. It is preferred for both rehabilitation and healing, while also challenging the seasoned athlete. No matter the current state of your body, Pilates can help you reshape and sculpt. Pilates will give you flexibility you never thought attainable, strength in muscles you didn’t know you had, internal focus, and external stamina. Pilates also helps prevent injury in other activities and workouts by teaching intelligent movement patterns.

Pilates yields numerous health benefits, including increased strength and flexibility (especially of the abdomen and back muscles); improved coordination (muscular and mental); improved circulation; increased lung capacity; and improved posture and balance, bone density, and joint health. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body that positively affects other areas in our lives.

City Pilates is rooted in intelligently designed workouts developed to strengthen and tone the entire physique. With highly focused attention to the individual and a contemporary approach, we create a challenging and safe workout that strengthens both body and mind.