The Pilates method was invented in the early part of the 20th century by German athlete Joseph Pilates, who designed a series of mat exercises to help balance the body, improve motion, strengthen, and promote mental and physical harmony. He originally named his technique the art of controlology, control being one of the most important aspects of Pilates. The exercises Pilates developed require intense concentration and centered on a strong abdomen, deep stretching, and focused breathing.
For many years, the method was the premiere exercise technique of the dance world. Notables such as George Balanchine, Martha Graham and Suzanne Farrell frequented the original New York Studio set up by Pilates.
Pilates is usually done one on one or closely supervised. Winsor employs over 30 instructors between the two studios, all highly trained in both dance and Pilates techniques. Instructors monitor students on the different equipment making sure their needs are met. Nothing is forced or repetitious. The focus is on learning to engage your powerhouse and use proper alignment and breathing.