The Principles of Pilates

Joseph H. Pilates fused the best aspects of Eastern and Western exercise disciplines. From the East, he borrowed the philosophies of contemplation, relaxation, and mind/body connection. From the West, he borrowed an emphasis on muscle tone and strength, endurance, and intensity of movement. His method utilizes the whole body which balances the use of large, superficial muscles with the deep, small endurance muscles that are responsible for maintaining a strong core.

The Pilates Workshop is committed to preserving the integrity and genius of Joseph Pilates.

Pilates is based on six main principles that make it unique. It requires more than movement alone.



“Concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value.”  ~ Joseph Pilates

Our mind controls our body; therefore, to get the greatest results, we teach ourselves to concentrate fully.



“ A unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit.”  ~ Joseph Pilates

The Powerhouse exercise is the focal point of Pilates – all movement comes from the center, not through it.



“Mastery of the mind over the complete control of the body.”  ~ Joseph Pilates

The “art and science of contrology” bring together all the parts of the mind and body into a physical movement experience. In Pilates, every movement matters and is coordinated, efficient and smooth.



“To properly deflate the lungs is an art in itself, and this final step in correct breathing is least understood.” ~ Joseph Pilates

The natural rhythm of breathing enhances fluidity of movement and sets the rhythm of the exercise.



“Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles.” ~ Joseph Pilates

Precision builds on Concentration and Control. In Pilates, it’s not just what you do – it’s how you do it.


Flowing Movement

“[Pilates] was conceived to limber and stretch muscles and ligaments so that your body will be as supple as a cat…” ~ Joseph Pilates

When Pilates is performed properly, it is light and fluid. Working with Flowing Movement facilitates the functional translation of Pilates movements into daily life.