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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.