The Pilates Method

"Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind, fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure."

- Joseph H. Pilates (1881-1967)

Joseph Pilates and his wife, Clara.

Pilates is more than exercise.

Pilates is a body-friendly approach to mind-body wellness to help you live your best life. 

Pilates is for every body.

At the VPC, we welcome every body regardless of your age, shape and background. Our programs are safe yet challenging and can be tailored to any fitness level. 

Whole body, whole life. 

Joseph Pilates was a visionary who believed that having a healthy body and active mind were the key to living life "with spontaneous zest and pleasure!" 

Joseph H. Pilates was an innovator, far ahead of his time in his approach to movement training.  The movement regime that today bears his name is unique in its integration of the body, mind and spirit.  Pilates based his approach on his knowledge of biomechanical principles of movement and anatomy. His system of training the body involves progressions of exercises designed to train muscle systems, in co-ordination and counterbalanced against each other, in precise sequences.  The movements engage and challenge both physical and mental skills.  Each exercise is designed to educate, repattern and realign the body, and requires the experienced hand of an expert teacher to achieve lasting results. The repertoire of Pilates exercises includes:

Mat Work is performed on a cushioned floor mat that challenges the body through a full range of motion, in all planes of movement.  A progression of floor exercises builds core stabilization while balancing strength and flexibility.


Equipment Work employs a full range of specially designed Pilates equipment, using resistance to strengthen muscle systems and improve joint alignment.


In this age of increasing dependence on technology, it is crucial to remain physically active to maintain whole body health.  The Pilates method trains the body to move with ease and economy of effort, in partnership with the brain and the central nervous system.

Effective practice of Pilates exercises requires:

  •         Concentration

  •         Control

  •         Centering

  •         Precision

  •         Rhythm

  •         Breathing

Pilates programs are individually tailored to provide optimal results.  A skilled teacher can modify or vary the Pilates exercises, during private or group instruction, to allow for individual needs and safety.  The true potential of the Pilates method is experienced as a creative process, exploring personal movement patterns in the pursuit of whole body health.

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