How to choose the right Pilates Studio

There are so many options out there!

Pilates has seen a boom in popularity recently thanks to apps like TikTok and Instagram and you may have seen new studios popping up in your neighborhood left right and center. I know this is true in my neck of the woods where I opened The Centered Body a Pilates and wellness studio back in 2021.


My Design

I wanted to open a studio that felt inclusive rather than exclusive. A place where our clients could learn how to listen to their bodies and build strength from deep within. Hence the name “The Centered Body”.

At CBS (I sometimes abbreviate the name) we only have four reformers so our classes are small. In our group reformer classes you get a lot of attention and focus on how you execute a movement rather than how many reps you can manage to push through. We want you to learn how to move with precision and control, using the breath to support the movements. [Side note, Pilates was originally called “Contrology” named by it’s founder Joseph Pilates.]


Our Boutique Studio

At CBS we also train a lot of folks privately or in pairs called duets and we have a community Mat class every Saturday at noon. We are what you’d call a boutique studio.

Now, there are many other types of studios in our area, and all of them have their own specialties. Some have many reformers, sometimes up to 14! So, if you already know your body well and have a fair amount of experience on reformers, then these workouts might be the best option for you. The larger studios have more class times and cheaper rates when a membership is purchased but the drawback can be that you may need to be a little more self reliant because the instructor can’t possibly monitor your form and safety at all times.

I obviously have a bias. I own a smaller studio for a reason. I am not in this business to make lots of money or to sell anyone a “perfect body”. But there is a place for all of us, and it is really up to the student to decide the right fit. The main takeaway is that all movement is good. Pilates as a form of exercise is very good. And wherever you decide to go try it out, please listen to your body and pay attention to what it needs.

If you do decide to come check out The Centered Body we welcome you and hope that you take advantage of all our services; Pilates, Massage, and Skin care.

We are your one stop for all things wellness!