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Synergy Yoga & Pilates
3152 Old Shell Rd.
Mobile, AL 36607

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Welcome to Synergy Pilates , a fully equipped Pilates studio dedicated to bringing the Mobile community an increased awareness of whole body health and movement education, infusing classical and contemporary Pilates techniques to create the best possible program for every individual, regardless of age or physical ability. Our instructors are devoted to helping each client learn and utilize Pilates movement principles in their daily lives, creating a body that is not only strong and toned, but one that moves with greater ease and flexibility. Whether you are very fit or just beginning an exercise program, Pilates transforms your body, bringing you an overall feeling of well being and vitality.

At Synergy Pilates we offer a broad range of services from private training to small group equipment classes, all taught by highly qualified Pilates practitioners who are passionate about teaching individuals to move more efficiently and helping them reach their mind-body fitness goals. Stop by our beautifully equipped studio space today to begin realizing your true Pilates body!

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Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany, in 1880. A sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, he dedicated his entire life to becoming physically stronger. Joe studied body building and gymnastics and by the age of 14 was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. In 1912 he moved to England earning a living as a boxer, circus performer and self-defense trainer. During World War I he was interned with other German citizens in a camp near Lancaster where he trained other inmates in fitness and exercises. It was here that the beginnings of his system of body conditioning began to take shape.

After the War, Pilates immigrated to the United States. On the ship to America he met his future wife Clara. Clara was a nurse who became a true partner for Joe, working beside him in the studio everyday and taking care of any clients Joe didn't want to work with. Joe and Clara Pilates called their method of exercise "Contrology", training clients from all walks of life. From their point of view, "Contrology" is the complete coordination of the body, mind and spirit. Pilates made an especially strong impression on the dance community working with Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, George Balanchine and many others who sent their injured dancers to Joe's for rehabilitation following injuries.

Joe was also an inventor who was always working on developing new exercise equipment. He designed the Universal Reformer, the Wunda Chair, the Cadillac, the Ladder Barrel, the Spine Corrector and many other genius inventions during his lifetime. Pilates practiced what he preached and lived a long healthy life. He died in 1967 at the age of 87. Joe had a dream of introducing his vision of mind-body fitness into every aspect of life from elementary schools to military training, and, had he not been so far ahead of his time, it might have happened. Today Pilates is practiced around the world by athletes, dancers, fitness professionals as well as the general public.

No matter who we are or what shape we are in, we feel how Pilates enhances the everyday activities of our lives - whether it's just bending over to pick up the newspaper or running a 26-mile marathon. And by becoming ingrained in our thought process it can move beyond the physical realm - essentially teaching us to effectively manage our entire being while providing a positive connection to our sense of self.

Pilates Principles


Breathing is the deep, focused inhaling and exhaling that initiates motion within a specific exercise and has a specific rhythm attached to it.

Concentration and Control

Control and precision are direct by-products of the strong mind-body connection developed by proper breathing and concentration.


All movement radiates outward from the center in Pilates and the ultimate goal of Pilates is to create an even and balanced musculature.

Relaxation and Whole Body Movement

An essential but often under emphasized principle of Pilates is Relaxation. It goes without saying that learning to release unnecessary tension in our bodies helps us to find ease and flow in movement and in the rest of our lives.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or equipment, that will help you look and feel your very best. No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you.

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating long, lean muscles and a toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and efficiency of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control its movement. The quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress. A fusion of the mind and body based on the reawakening of dormant muscle and brain cells, Pilates gives us the opportunity to live a life where the gap between functional motion and enlivened thought has been bridged.