Mat Pilates Classes

woman demonstrating mat pilates teaser

Origin Mat Pilates


According to Joseph Pilates, who created the method in the 1920’s, Mat Pilates is “the complete coordination of the mind, body and spirit.” Pilates incorporates a set sequence of no-impact exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance resulting in proper posture and functional movement patterns. The method was originally developed to be practiced on a mat without the aid of equipment or props; Pilates later developed equipment to support the original method.

The right prop can make a hard exercise easier and more accessible, and a simple exercise more challenging. Origin believes that props help to build the strength and awareness necessary to perform the ‘real’ exercise properly; a prop is a tool, not a crutch. The use of props also introduces muscle confusion training into the mat routine. Simply put, this training principle states that muscles adapt to a specific type of stress and need to be challenged in varied ways in order to continue experiencing results. Muscles improve when subjected to new and different challenges; athletes cross-train for this reason.

Mat Pilates Class Description

Mat Pilates: A full body workout that follows a traditional approach and mat routine as designed by Joseph Pilates. Mat work is the foundation of the Pilates Method, and incorporates the core principles of control, centering, concentration, breathing, precision and flow. You'll work from the deepest layers of muscles, which stabilize and support your spine and pelvis, resulting in a strong, flexible spine, improved body awareness, alignment and posture.