The Pilates Method, developed in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise that is practiced using a floor mat and a variety of equipment.

Pilates emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful, pain-free movement. It teaches body awareness and good posture while improving flexibility, agility and economy of motion. Pilates is often used for the rehabilitation of various injuries associated with postural imbalances or lifestyle-related injuries.

By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, as well as synchronizing breath with movement, the Pilates practitioner develops embodied self-awareness along with the experience of being in control of their body and movement. Pilates focuses on the inner stabilizing muscles of the body as well as large muscle groups, while simultaneously addressing dysfunctional movement patterns through sequentially stabilizing and then mobilizing specific muscle groups. Exercises are designed to realign and stabilize the body so that movement occurs in the most anatomically correct and functional way.


  • Increased strength

  • Increased flexibility & agility

  • Increased range & economy of motion

  • Improved co-ordination & balance

  • Corrected posture through strengthened core muscles

  • Improved bone density & joint mobility

  • Teaches body awareness & graceful movement

  • Injury alleviation & injury prevention

  • Increased lung capacity & improved circulation

  • Longer, leaner musculature

  • Reduces stress

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Currently teaching at Body Mechanics in SE Portland www.pilatespdx.com

LINKS, articles & resources:

BASI (Body Arts & Sciences International) 

Balanced Body 

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.

-Thich Nhat Hanh-