Pilates is like a moving meditation.  It lays the groundwork for optimal movement so that you can better participate in your life activities - whether that's running or errands or being an elite athlete.  With the right instructor and in the right setting, pilates should feel good.  At the end of a lesson you should feel challenged and successful.

Pilates is a method of body conditioning that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, and mind-body awareness. The exercises use of breath to facilitate movement, body alignment to optimize control, and thoughtful sequencing of exercises to create a positive movement experience.   Pilates equipment allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced.  

Pilates is used to enhance injury rehabilitation, prevent injury, and improve sports performance.  Pilates exercises can be done on the mat as well as on various equipment common to most pilates studios.   At On the Move we incorporate exercises on the pilates reformer, trapeze table, core align, ladder barrel, chair and various specialized pieces of equipment that specifically address the needs of athletes and dancers. 

Pilates was originally developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who called his methodology “Contrology”.  Since Joseph Pilates, his exercises have evolved through the teachings of various training centers, one of which is Polestar Pilates.  The Pilates Method Alliance or PMA is the professional organization for Pilates teachers around the world.