History of Pilates Method
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 and moved to England in 1914. During the early part of his life he worked in the circus and also as a successful middleweight boxer. He was interned during World War I at the Isle of Man. During this time he took on the role of a physical instructor for the people there. The healthy people performed his floor exercises, and for those with physical ailments who were bed ridden, Pilates attached springs to their beds to help rehabilitate them. His philosophy in developing his exercise method was to look at the characteristics that yielded strong bodies. He focused on boxers, acrobats, and animals such as lions, tigers, and panthers. Pilates opened a studio in New York City in 1925. His early clients were boxers, wrestlers, and skiers. However, it wasn't long before choreographer George Balanchine and dancer Martha Graham caught onto his method, which caused a huge influx of dancers into Pilates' studio. This first generation of students (many of them dancers) are known collectively as The Elders, and include such renowned people as Romana Kryzanowska (Maggie Amrhein's teacher) and Kathy Grant.
About Our Center
The Pilates Method uses a series of exercises that focus on the core of the body through stretching and strength training. It combines both eastern and western philosophies to find a muscular harmony and balance. Pilates is a full body workout that uses six guiding principles: control, concentration, centering, focus, precision, and breathing to achieve both sound mind and body. This form of exercise increases vitality, improves posture, tones muscles, helps to rehabilitate after an injury, and helps you love and appreciate your body.
The Pilates Center of Long Island has been conveniently located in the Village of Huntington since 1997. We provide a variety of classes with a range of levels to suit your personal needs. All classes are taught by fully certified instructors. Not only do we offer client lessons, but we occasionally provide Teacher Training/Continuing Ed workshops at our studio as well. Owner, Maggie Amrhein has been certified as an Authorized Educator of the Fletcher Towelwork.
We also have a constant flow of specials and promotions. We offer gift certificates and classes seven days a week. Please check back often to find our latest special!
Speaking of specials, come and enjoy our beautiful new studio space. Reminiscent of a New York City loft flooded with natural sunlight, our new studio is 1500 square feet. The space is surrounded by windows and boasts high ceilings and skylights. Set in the heart of Huntington Village for incredible convenience, the Pilates Center of Long Island's new studio features additional equipment for group reformer and tower classes at more affordable rates.