During private sessions, clients may work on the specially designed pieces of apparatus or on the mat or both. Excercises are chosen to meet the individual's specific needs for strength, stretching, balance or rehabilitation.
The system developed by Joseph Pilates includes the use of
uniquely designed apparatus in conjunction with the mat work. The
apparatus utilize straps, springs and supports, creating isometric
resistance with the body's weight to massage, align, stretch, and
strengthen muscles. At The Movement Place, we use only Gratz
equipment, the firm which worked with Pilates himself to produce
The basis of Pilates's work is a series of exercises performed on a mat. The mat work emphasizes quality and precision rather than quantity of repetitions. Each exercise, performed in sequence, is designed not only to strengthen and stretch but to integrate your body's muscles so that correct form and posture become a part of daily activities throughout your life.