In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is called the "powerhouse" and is the key to a person's stability.
Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
Pilates can be done on a Mat or on apparatus/equipment designed and invented by Joseph Pilates himself. Equipment includes Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, Ped-O-Pul, Ladder Barrel and more.
Elements in Motion is a fully equipped Pilates studio.