Pilates is a whole body form of exercise. When practiced correctly and consistently visible improvement in strength and flexibility can be seen in long lean toned muscles. Pilates utilizes optimal alignment and breath to use the body efficiently to improve balance and coordination. The refined movements of Pilates can be modified meet to specific goals. The beauty of Pilates is that it is done with ease, meaning NO STRAIN. When catering exercises to specifics, strength can be obtained and channeled into everyday life. Exercise should feel good leaving us feeling invigorated and energized.
History of the movement
Joe's protégé's changed the name "Contrology" a more suiting name, Pilates after its' founder.
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph H. Pilates
He was born in Münchengladbach Germany in 1880. As a boy he suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Young Joe overcame his ailments pursuing such physical activities such as bodybuilding, gymnastics, skiing, and diving. From a young age he dedicated his life to pursuing movement and well-being trying to attain and maintain both physical and mental perfection. Pilates believed that mind body and spirit were interconnected and the path way needed to be tapped into through concentration and practice.
In 1912 Pilates Moved to England
Two years later he was placed in an interment camp at the start of WWI. There he taught others self-defense and wrestling. In the camp on The Ilse of Man he became an orderly in the camps hospital. He used springs from beds to make exercise apparatuses for those internees and soldiers who were bedridden from injury and disease. It was there that he began to develop his exercise system he later called "Contrology."
For a Brief Time after the War Pilates
Returned to Germany and trained the Hamberg Military Police in self-defense and physical conditioning. He was offered by the German government to train its army but instead chose to emigrate to the United States.
On His Way To America Joseph Pilates Met His Wife Clara.
Clara became an instrumental part in the development and application of his method.
Upon Arriving In New York City In 1926
Joe worked in a gym that specialized in boxers' training located at 939 Eighth Ave. By the 1930s the couple had taken over the gym. People heard of Joe's skill of rehabilitating injury and his following grew.
In the 30s and 40s Many Dances
Went to "Uncle Joe" as they called him to be "fixed." Such dancers included the famous George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Dennis and Hanya Holm. Many dancers integrated "Contrology" into their training and used it to rehabilitate from injury. Among these dancers were some of the first generation Pilates teachers.
Pilates Was a Hard Worker
He believed that if his method was adopted universally the need for institutions such as hospitals, lunatic asylums and prisons would be reduced. He promoted his work by creating exercise pamphlets, giving lecture-demonstrations to medical professionals and even by selling his equipment at Macy's. However his efforts were unsuccessful the mainstream medical and educational communities would not embrace his method.
In January of 1966 There Was a Fire in the Studio.
Joe fell through the floor. Hours later firefighters found him hanging from a rafters. He died almost two years later in October of 1967 at the age of 87. Clara continued to run the studio until her retirement in 1970 and passed away in 1976.
During Their Lifetime In the 1960s
The method had already spread to Paris, New Mexico and California by ways of some first-generation teachers. By the 1980s Second-generation teachers were building their practices. Teacher training programs arose in the mid 90s.
Studio Owner, Instructor. PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. "I want everyone to experience the joy of movement." Gabriella found Pilates in 2008 in Jerusalem through a friend who was going through a teacher-training course and never looked back. "As a dancer, I always knew how much I loved to move but Pilates brought movement to a whole new place for me." She immediately enrolled in a Pilates mat teacher-training course through Wingate Institute. She found that helping others find joy in movement was just as invigorating as moving herself. In 2010 Gabriella returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh. There, she attended and completed Harmony Pilates comprehensive teacher-training course. Health and wellness carry into all aspects of Gabriella's life. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham University in Integrative Health Studies summa cum laude.
Instructor - Sarah was comprehensively certified in 2006 at CorePilates in NYC. A native of Pittsburgh, she's been studying movement since age 8. She has a BFA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MFA in acting from Rutgers University. Sarah's teaching style originates in a classical method but has grown to be influenced by studies in various movement and somatic techniques including Alexander, Feldenkrais, self-massage, and Yoga. Sarah enjoys teaching and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, thriving on the discovery that anybody can benefit from proper and careful Pilates training. She especially loves seeing Pilates help her students improve their body-awareness, confidence, efficiency of movement, relationship to pain, and overall lifestyle.
Andrea was born and raised in Pittsburgh! She completed her comprehensive Pilates training through both Peak Pilates and Harmony Pilates. Additionally, she has traveled to Colorado, New York, Florida, and Ohio to pursue her Pilates education. Andrea is the previous owner of The Pilates Centre studio in Allison Park which she owned for 7 years. Andrea started her career in the fitness industry in 1984. She has taught exercise classes at Club One, Oxford Athletic Club and Community Center in Fox Chapel. Andrea currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education at The University of Pittsburgh. Other Interests of Andrea include paddle and tennis. Additionally, she is an avid golfer. Andrea loves Pilates and what it brings to her other sports. With this, she loves sharing the benefits of Pilates with her clients, helping them improve their overall fitness and sports.
This month we will be kicking off our community classes. They will take place at 11 am on the last Sunday of every month at the studio. This months class will be taught by Gabriella. The class is donation based and proceeds go to charity. Space is limited so it is recommended to reserve your spot.
Posture Care Specialty Class
This class is designed for those of us concerned about the wear and tear of our spines as we age. The class will focus on fundamental exercises to preserve posture and longevity. The class will run 10 weeks on Tuesdays at 5 pm with Susan. Class dates: January 30th through April 3rd Class.
Private Pilates Session
You and your instructor focus on your personal fitness in a one on one setting.
Semi- Private Pilates Session
You are paired with a group to compliment your fitness needs. Groups range from duets (two people), and trios (three people).
Designed around a specific population who share common goals and needs. Run in 10 week sessions upon availability and interest. Contact studio for starting a new specialty class.
Introductory Private Discount
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
We offer a welcoming and serene environment for your Pilates practice. Sessions are private or semi-private and are booked by appointment. At Fusion Pilates Studio we value personal needs. Therefore, we custom talor a Pilates program to fit your body. Whether you are looking for a step down from physical therapy, a prenatal workout, or just a positive movement experience the vast Pilates repertoire provides full body exercise to best suit your needs.