To spread the work of Mr. Joseph H. Pilates so that each member of our community develops an expertise in the movement of their own bodies. To maintain the nuances of this method that make it both unique and effective. The core of the traditional Pilates method is formed through a combination of: Precise movement often using equipment to specifically target a particular area Progression of movement to continue to transform the body toward health (within a single session and over the course of several sessions) Efficiency in each and every movement taught At the Art of Control®, each and every teacher has the expertise to deliver the above and more. It is this that makes the traditional Pilates method so effective.
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.Joseph H. Pilates
Joseph Hubertus Pilates invented and constructed all of these pieces of apparatus to support his Contrology System.
Reformer- This piece of apparatus is the most used in the Contrology System as primary equipment to teach the fundamentals. With the use of the springs and providing resistance to augment movement in the joints, teach control, promotes good alignment, flexibility and strength the client can progress to an athletic performance. The resistance can be adjusted by adding or taking out springs attached to the carriage according to the program of each client. The Reformer also has leather strips, football, the Box, pole, pads and handles. The carriage promote good health for the heart but exercising lay on the back for less exertion of the heart and to promote heather circulation.
Wunda Chair - Was created as the first home gym and can be used as a chair piece of furniture in a small apartment. Like the Reformer, the Wunda Chair provides resistance and can work on balance and strengthening the core muscles as well as the arms and legs. Exercises are done sitting, kneeling standing and lying on the chair. This piece of apparatus is considered the most advance in the Contrology System because it provided very little support.
Cadillac-Table- This piece of apparatus was quoted the best piece in the Contrology Gym. It provided a lots of support to the client, it served as a Table for injured and inactive patience. Exercises can be done laying down, sitting, kneeling, sideways, standing, including upside down. The Cadillac as on apparatus challenges the body in multiple planes of motion. It has springs, bars, mat and a trapeze.
The Cadillac can provide the feet strips for hanging fully upside-down for the clients with an healthy body.
Ladder Barrel- This piece of apparatus is extremely great for stretching the limbs and the spine. The ladder portion can be used as a Swedish bar. The Barrel part can support the overall flexion and extension for the entire back. Inversions like hands stands and upper body strength can be also performed here with ease. This equipment is a must to have for rectify our bad posture nowadays and maintain a supple and healthy spine.
Electric Chair- This piece of apparatus is one of the most powerful and dangerous piece in the Pilates studio. It is so to help the inexperience clients to connect and use the deepest musculature and Pilates Power-House. Great to work the legs as well as balance and alignment. This is the most efficient piece to help you to increase easiness in going up and down stairs.
Spine Corrector- As the name implies this piece of apparatus is used as a way to open the chest and correct the curvature of the spine, and it is effective in strengthening, stretching and conditioning of the back, legs, torso and shoulders. It is also well used to work with scoliotic curves over tightness in the front of the things and shoulders and great to work the oblique muscles of the core.
Great way to restore back issues, circulation and Power House strength. Great piece of apparatus to have at home.
Small Barrel- This smaller curve of apparatus is used as a way to help people with neck issues, very kyphotic upper back to open the chest and correct the curvature of the spine. It is very effective in strengthening, stretching and conditioning of the back, legs, torso and shoulders. Great to gain flexibility after an injury. Easy to have at home and store under the bed.
Ped-0-Pul- This vertical pole on a platform with springs attached is a fantastic way to work the upper body. It challenges core stability in a functional standing position, changes the balance and the unbalance place in your body.
Can be used to increase athletic performances.
Tower-Wall Unit- A vertical frame with multiple options of springs level and a Mat. Very helpful for class setting to augment the Mat work and learn how to use the resistance. Most of the Cadillac exercises can be preformed here as well. Exercises are done lying, sitting, kneeling, standing as well as in the air. It also has Rollback bar, Pushthrough bar, arms and leg springs and handles.
Guillotine- This piece of apparatus is one of the oldest in the Contrology System. A vertical frame like a door frame with multiple options of spring levels, a stable top bar, a sliding lower bar and a small Mat. Usually only professional studio have this piece of apparatus. Great to mobilize the spinal articulation, facilitate stretching for stiff man and helps women with the upper body strength. Fun for Athletes and Dancers to challenge their ability in the air.
Magic Circle- This piece of small apparatus was made originally from a barrel ring of a keg. In the Contrology System represents the central core “transverse abdominus and can be used to stretch or facilitate stretching in the entire body.
It is used in conjunction with Mat work and for pregnant women to provides a full body conditioning.
Foot Corrector- This small piece of apparatus is a fantastic gadget used to strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the foot. It creates the arches of the foot and is very effective in alleviating pain in the feet and realignment of the feet and ankles up to the hips.
Baby Chair- This piece of apparatus is a low chair with springs attached and a movable back. This chair provides a very gentile and safe place to strengthen the upper body and core of the body. Great for starters, for learning the “Box” alignment, for neck issues and for breathing.
Toe Exerciser- Small piece of apparatus with toe bands and a small spring in the center. It is to strengthen the toes, feet and ankles. Great for the bunions and realignment of the big toe.
Sand Bag- This small bag of sand or beans weights from 2 to 3 pounds. Perfect piece of apparatus for strengthening the fingers, wrist and arms. Working the entire body and connecting the upper limbs to the core. Realigns and works the weaker posture in the upright position.
Breath-a-sizer- This small piece of apparatus looks like a small well with a straw and it is specifically designed to strengthen the respiratory system. Great for people that need to expand the lungs capacity, for Athletes, and Opera singers.
Neck Exerciser-This small piece of apparatus has a bend for the head and a strong spring attached. This is a great way to strengthen the muscular of the neck for more advanced clients and students. Fantastic for Marcial Artists, Boxers, and Athletes alike.
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Description of classes, privates, duets, trios
Private lessons; Provide personal attention, customizing the workout specifically to your needs using the Classical Pilates method. Assuring that you are keeping your body in alignment
Semi-Private -semi private attention with more than one person while the teacher is assuring that each person needs are met and are keeping proper alignment
Semi- Private Classes- Small classes of 5 or less. The small group allows the teacher the ability give each participant sufficient attention to keep their workout beneficial.
Duets and Trios- workout for 2 individuals or 3 who are at the same level of ability.