What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mind-body conditioning system that allows strength training while minimizing excess tension and strain on the joints. Anyone can do this low impact fitness system, children to seniors. The Pilates Method simultaneously tones, increases strength, endurance, flexibility and Joint range of motion. Pilates is a great way to improve posture, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of injury. Pilates exercises are performed on specialized spring based pieces of equipment and the floor. Joseph Pilates found it more important to focus on the quality of the exercises being done, not the quantity.

The History of Pilates

Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany sometime around 1880. As a young person Joseph was plagued by a series of health issues that weakened both his body and respiratory system. Determined to alter his fate Joseph began experimenting with many forms of movement, exercise and meditation. Joseph felt that he needed to strengthen his mind, body and spirit. Through this, Joseph’s method of Contrology was born; today this method is known as Pilates.

During World War 1 Joseph was held in a civilian camp by the British. This is because they considered him an “enemy alien” due to his German citizenship. While in the camp Joseph began working with others applying his method of Contrology. Joseph was now using his method to not only keep himself strong and healthy but also those around him. After witnessing this the Brits made Joseph a hospital orderly. While working as an orderly Joseph began experimenting and attaching springs to hospital beds. This led to the invention of the Cadillac, his first piece of exercise equipment. In 1926 Joseph immigrated to New York City and opened his first studio. While teaching in New York Joseph worked with a broad range of students. His clients included, boxers, businessmen, opera singers, injured war veterans, ballerinas and dancers.

Today the Pilates method is available to everyone and used around the world. Pilates is used for rehabilitation, to increase athletic performance, and as a low impact fitness system for men, women and children.

AISWhat is Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)?

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a systematic method of muscle lengthening and facial release. The AIS method was developed over 40 years ago by Aaron Mattes. It is the most comprehensive stretching and strengthening method currently available. AIS addresses the entire body, every joint from head to toe, including the hands and feet. AIS releases both deep and superficial facial layers. AIS also breaks up existing adhesions and scar tissue, allowing unrestricted movement. Your instructor will gently assist you at the end range of movement improving flexibility, joint range of motion, full body strength, and circulation. AIS is great for all, elderly to athletes and everyone in between.

Just like Pilates the AIS method is available to everyone and used around the world. AIS is also used for rehabilitation, to increase athletic performance, and as a low impact fitness system for men, women and children.



  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Joint Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Body awareness
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Energy


  • Overall health
  • Well being
  • Healthy breathing
  • Improved posture
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Long lean muscles
  • Joint and spinal decompression
  • Facial health
  • Circulation
  • Oxygenation
  • Mechanical balance
  • Proper function



  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Tension
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Body wear and tear
  • Daily and chronic pain
  • Risk of injury