In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.
— Joseph Pilates


You’ve heard it’s awesome for core strength and a kick-ass, sweat-free workout, but you may be wondering what Pilates really is.

Originally called Contrology, Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates in 1918. Focusing on strengthening both the mind and body through awareness of breath, alignment of the spine, and strengthening the deep torso and abdominal muscles referred to as the core, Pilates is a full mind-body workout. Over time, several different styles of Pilates have emerged.  

At Emerald City Pilates in Seattle, we teach contemporary Pilates, which means that all of the original Pilates exercises have been adapted and modified according to the most up-to-date information about the body and movement.

For a detailed history of Pilates, watch this animated video.