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About Art Of Pilates
We believe that the mind and body are not only interconnected but also serve as a guide to total wellness and balance. Our approach to our Pilates Reformer sessions through private sessions and group classes inspires the best version of yourself. Each of our instructors will challenge you to grow and achieve your optimal balance of strength, flexibility and overall health. We teach from a place of encouragement, inspiration, and shared knowledge. It is our goal through our several types of sessions and classes to offer something for everyone â€“ whether youâ€™re a beginner or Pilates veteran, a first-time expectant mother, or healing from an injury. Art of Pilates is in the heart of Playa del Rey, just one short block from the beach. Our boutique studio is a relaxing home away from home with vibrant restaurants and stores nearby. We emphasize privacy and individual attention to meet the unique needs of all of our clients and tailor our Pilates programs accordingly.
Our full range of Pilates equipment includes five brand new Allegro 2 Reformers, 2 Tower apparatuses, a fully equipped Cadillac/Reformer Converter, Wunda Chairs, Jumpboards, a ladder barrel, arc barrels, a trampoline for circuit training, rotating discs, foam rollers, Bosu Balance Trainers, magic circles, Therabands, weighted balls, poles, weights, a built-in ballet barre, and an array of stability balls, which will assist in education and strengthening your body. No two classes are the same and incorporate different pieces of equipment each time so your body will be continuously challenged!
Our goal at Art of Pilates is to provide a safe and supportive environment that is conducive to helping increase your body awareness and overall health. Click here to learn a little more about the wonderful instructors who bring our studio to life.
What is the history of Pilates?
Pilates (â€œpuh-LAH-teesâ€), was created by Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1883. He suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever as a child. Determined to fight these ailments, Pilates studied anatomy, gymnastics, wrestling and acrobatics. He moved to England where he boxed professionally and taught self-defense techniques to Scotland Yard.
During World War I, Pilates, like many German citizens, was forced into an internment camp. It was here that he began integrating (and teaching other internees) the exercises he had taught himself into a comprehensive fitness method. He called this â€œContrologyâ€ â€“ the focus on concentration and oneâ€™s ability to control the muscles of the body. This sense of control also provided psychological benefits and was vital to maintaining physical and mental health during his internment.
Pilates moved to New York City between the two World Wars where his unique approach to fitness was quickly recognized and adopted by dancers to help with strengthening and combating their own ailments. Pilates devotees included the famous dancers and dance company founders George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Today, people from all walks of life are discovering (and loving!) the benefits of Pilates.
Reviews Of Art Of Pilates
Love this studio, instructors are all great and classes are small. Super happy I found it!
Love the small class size and attention to form. The instructors are very knowledgable.
Love love love this studio! Every instructor has their own style and they are all very friendly, helpful and patient. The small classes are great for beginners because you can be sure you get the attention you need to get the moves right and really work!
“Art of Pilates is the best reformer studio on the westside!! Get your workout in and then go relax on the beach afterwards since it’s just one block away :-)”
“Jenny is always smiling and is so warm. Its hard to not like her even with the tough workout.”
“Pilates has helped me tone my body and increase strength and flexibility. Which was essential in my recuperation from a car accident a year ago.”
“Sarah, is great!! She has so much experience. It’s the best class I’ve had so far.”
“Pilates has helped me with my lower back pain to the point where it’s completely disappeared on most days. I’ve been working out for over 20 years but Pilates has taught me how to be more mindful in my workouts, really focusing on the muscles I’m working, and within a few weeks of starting Pilates I already felt stronger. My posture is better and my balance is really improved. I really enjoy my Pilates workouts and the Art of Pilates studio is a nice respite in my hectic world.”
“Art of Pilates has a lovely studio in Playa Del Rey. The machines are new, which is a treat. I started Pilates because my back is perpetually messed up. The instructors always modify exercises to strengthen my weaknesses and keep me from hurting myself — very appreciative of that! ”
“Michelle was sweet and nice, and the class size is perfect for the right amount of attention and guidance from the instructor.”
“Love this location, right near the beach! Cute, clean, small studio. Jump Pilates is my favorite. Great instruction.” -CP client review, 2016
“I’ve gone to this studio for a few years, first barre classes, and then started reformer classes when they switched to all reformers. Karen’s jump board class is now my favorite….she’s awesome and not only is it a great workout, but fun, as well…..can’t say that about many workouts!! Also, Michelle is one of my other favorite instructors. She gives very personalized instruction, especially for those who have any injuries, and not only is she very experienced, but also warm and funny too. She makes you want to come back for more!
“Professional instructors and fantastic management, approachable and responsive to feedback. I am highly impressed with this establishment and often recommend it to friends and neighbors.”
“Karen has changed my life and my body! I will refer my mom to her very soon… Thanks!” -Mychael J.
“Awesome class! Deanna was great at understanding different levels of expertise amongst the class attendees and adjusting routines as needed case by case. Great space and an extremely nice group of people.”
“The biggest thing I would say is that I was in a bad place with my back, and my doctor told me that I either had to intervene with something like Pilates, or it was going to get worse. I was about 5 years in this reoccurring lower back problem, which was random but occurring more often, and lasting longer. I was taking medication to get comfortable, and trying to deal with it with acupuncture. When he recommended Pilates in April of 2015 I came to Art of Pilates, and I haven’t had an issue, at all, since. Not one flare-up. I feel that my back, and just my general health, is much better since starting with Pilates, and I intend to keep doing it.”
“Karen is a fabulous instructor. Super attentive, which is why I fell in love with pilates. Gave great modifications for my injury, awesome workout and I didn’t leave in pain. I really love this studio!!”
“Pilates classes at Art of Pilates greatly improved my core strength, posture, muscle tone and, in turn, my self-esteem. I’m 58 years old and in the best shape of my life thanks to the devoted attention of their instructors, including Michelle and Aileen. If your looking for a very effective work out in a friendly, stress free, immaculate environment, try a Pilates Reformer class at Art of Pilates.”
“About 6 months ago, my physical therapist recommended Art of Pilates to me after experiencing months of lower back pain. I can’t begin to tell you what a positive difference pilates and the instructors have made in my life. The instructors are amazing– extremely knowledgeable, patient and skilled. The classes are challenging and have been great therapy for my back. Highly recommend!”
“My wife and I have been attending Pilates classes for over four years and we are very impressed with both the instructors and management. The facility is always clean and we’ve been fortunate to have consistency in our instructors with very little turnover. Michelle is awesome and she pushes us to our limits while always bringing variety to every session. I highly recommend Art of Pilates and more importantly encourage people to try Pilates. I went into this with doubt and now find it has done wonders as a weekly tune up for my body and eliminate the typical aches and pains as someone in my fifties.”
Nikki Cox is the best Pilates teacher on the planet, not to mention hilarious and lovely. Aaron king did some amazing work and getting rid of my neck pain. This place is the best! Great energy, professional, and great people.