Pilates, most simply stated, is smart exercise. Pilates is timeless as Joseph Pilates created the method as “Controlology” which he brought to the United States around 1925 where he and his future wife Clara opened a studio in New York City. His work was quickly recognized as the exercise and rehabilitation for dancers as icons such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine discovered his method and sent their dancers to Joe for training.
Pilates is truly all encompassing fitness. Breathing with the full capacity of lungs and use of diaphragm is one of the first principles learned and makes the method relaxing and effective. Over the years Pilates has evolved with our understanding of the human body and biomechanics. We call the training we do at ROI “Contemporary” Pilates Method. This is because we use more advanced knowledge of the spine and pelvis. Our equipment includes: reformer, cadillac, stability chair, springwalls, barrels and small props such as; rings, foam rollers, bands and toning balls to name a few. Our Contemporary training method works not only your core (abdominals and back) but the entire body from head to toes and is a perfect blend of stretching and strength focused on improving your posture and the efficiency in which you move.
Our training can be used as post rehabilitation after injuries or surgeries, injury prevention, neuromuscular retraining, pre or post natal fitness, or a workout for elite athletes. At Roots of Integrity in the South Loop, we specialize in a therapeutic approach to the Pilates Method and we work with clients with Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, MS, and those fighting and post cancer fight. There is no end to the possibilities!
Privates, Duets, Springboard and Mat classes available
Pre/ Post Natal
Post Rehabilitation (back injuries and shoulder, knee and hip replacements and injuries)
Spinal Cord Injury recovery training
Injury Prevention for Athletes
Instructor Mentorship and Education Options