Our studio is furnished with the full complement of original Pilates equipment including the Studio Reformer, Cadillac/Trapeze Table, Chair, and Barrels. In addition, we offer the latest in innovative items including the yoga wall.
The well-known Reformer is an amazingly versatile piece of equipment. It’s idea originated at a World War I intern camp where Joseph Pilates used hospital beds and their springs to help rehabilitate the sick and injured. The Reformer’s unique combination of springs, pulleys, straps and sliding carriage make it a valuable tool. Its adjustability enables the Reformer to address a wide range of physical capabilities, disabilities and fitness goals with refined and sophisticated solutions. Joseph Pilates created nearly 100 exercises on the Reformer—more exercises than he designed for any other piece of Pilates equipment.
The Cadillac/Trapeze Table also evolved from Joseph Pilates’ World War I work at an internment camp. It is a table with metal support poles at each corner, framing a canopy. A combination of springs, levers, cloth and fleece straps attach at varying places to the table and/or its canopy.
The height of the Trapeze Table platform helps instructors support and assist students as they move through the exercises. The Trapeze Table’s straps and bars also work toward this effort and combine to make the table the most challenging gymnastic piece or the most supportive nurturing piece relative to clients needs.
Joseph Pilates created more than eighty exercises for this versatile piece of equipment. The Trapeze Table exercises are designed to correct particular imbalances and to help students move more quickly toward a uniformly developed body. Like the Reformer, the Trapeze Table exercises build leg strength, upper body power, spinal mobility and stability, always with a strong focus on core strength.
The Chair essentially is a two-sided box with a padded seat. Underneath the seat, a foot pedal attaches to the chair with two or four springs that provide adjustable tension. Over the years, Joseph Pilates constantly revised the Chair; consequently, a number of variations exist, including one with a split foot pedal.
He created the Low Chair for working out at home—as an everyday piece of furniture that doubled as an incredibly versatile exercise apparatus. (The Chair could be used as either an occasional table or an armchair—a bonus “twofer” for small New York apartments.)
Pictures show Joseph Pilates performing approximately fifty exercises on this multipurpose apparatus. The Chair’s unique and versatile design enables everyone to get amazing results—from the most injured client who uses it to rehabilitate, to the most advanced students, challenging themselves with pushups, backbends and headstands.
Yoga Karunta is the original name given to the supported method of Yoga Postures. “Kuranti” is a puppet, a wooden doll manipulated by strings. Ropes are used at traditional Iyengar centers around the world, but over time this system has been refined and expanded upon by innovative teachers. One is the Great Yoga Wall, developed by Iyengar teacher Bryan Le Gere. This system uses adjustable belts that hook into intricately designed plates that are firmly attached to the plywood and wall studs base. The primary use of the wall is for stabilization and traction while increasing strength, length and range of motion.