About Pilates

 

   
Pilates is a whole body form of exercise. When practiced correctly and consistently visible improvement in strength and flexibility can be seen in long lean toned muscles. Pilates utilizes optimal alignment and breath to use the body efficiently to improve balance and coordination.
 
The refined movements of Pilates can be modified meet to specific goals. The beauty of Pilates is that it is done with ease, meaning NO STRAIN. When catering exercises to specifics, strength can be obtained and channeled into everyday life. Exercise should feel good leaving us feeling invigorated and energized.
    

History of the movement

  The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph H. Pilates. He was born in Münchengladbach Germany in 1880. As a boy he suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Young Joe overcame his ailments pursuing such physical activities such as bodybuilding, gymnastics, skiing, and diving. From a young age he dedicated his life to pursuing movement and well-being trying to attain and maintain both physical and mental perfection. Pilates believed that mind body and spirit were interconnected and the path way needed to be tapped into through concentration and practice.
 
In 1912 Pilates moved to England. Two years later he was placed in an interment camp at the start of WWI. There he taught others self-defense and wrestling. In the camp on The Ilse of Man he became an orderly in the camps hospital. He used springs from beds to make exercise apparatuses for those internees and soldiers who were bedridden from injury and disease. It was there that he began to develop his exercise system he later called “Contrology.”
 
For a brief time after the war Pilates returned to Germany and trained the Hamberg Military Police in self-defense and physical conditioning. He was offered by the German government to train its army but instead chose to emigrate to the United States.
 
On his way to America Joseph Pilates met his wife Clara. Clara became an instrumental part in the development and application of his method.
 
Upon arriving in New York City in 1926 Joe worked in a gym that specialized in boxers’ training located at 939 Eighth Ave. By the 1930s the couple had taken over the gym. People heard of Joe’s skill of rehabilitating injury and his following grew.
 
In the 30s and 40s many dances went to “Uncle Joe” as they called him to be “fixed.” Such dancers included the famous George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Dennis and Hanya Holm. Many dancers integrated “Contrology” into their training and used it to rehabilitate from injury. Among these dancers were some of the first generation Pilates teachers.
 
Pilates was a hard worker he believed that if his method was adopted universally the need for institutions such as hospitals, lunatic asylums and prisons would be reduced. He promoted his work by creating exercise pamphlets, giving lecture-demonstrations to medical professionals and even by selling his equipment at Macy’s. However his efforts were unsuccessful the mainstream medical and educational communities would not embrace his method.
 
In January of 1966 there was a fire in the studio. Joe fell through the floor. Hours later firefighters found him hanging from a rafters. He died almost two years later in October of 1967 at the age of 87. Clara continued to run the studio until her retirement in 1970 and passed away in 1976.
 
During their lifetime in the 1960s the method had already spread to Paris, New Mexico and California by ways of some first-generation teachers. By the 1980s Second-generation teachers were building their practices. Teacher training programs arose in the mid 90s.
 
Joe’s protégé’s changed the name “Contrology” a more suiting name, Pilates after its’ founder.
    
About us
   
Gabriella Corcos- Studio Owner, Instructor
                                       PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
"I want everyone to experience the joy of movement."
 
Gabriella found Pilates in 2008 in Jerusalem through a friend who was going through a teacher-training course and never looked back. “As a dancer, I always knew how much I loved to move but Pilates brought movement to a whole new place for me.” She immediately enrolled in a Pilates mat teacher-training course through Wingate Institute. She found that helping others find joy in movement was just as invigorating as moving herself.
In 2010 Gabriella returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh. There, she attended and completed Harmony Pilates comprehensive teacher-training course.
Health and wellness carry into all aspects of Gabriella’s life. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham University in Integrative Health Studies summa cum laude.
    




Sarah Silk-  Instructor


Sarah was comprehensively certified in 2006 at CorePilates in NYC. A native of Pittsburgh, she’s been studying movement since age 8. She has a BFA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MFA in acting from Rutgers University. Sarah's teaching style originates in a classical method but has grown to be influenced by studies in various movement and somatic techniques including Alexander, Feldenkrais, self-massage, and Yoga. Sarah enjoys teaching and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, thriving on the discovery that anybody can benefit from proper and careful Pilates training. She especially loves seeing Pilates help her students improve their body-awareness, confidence, efficiency of movement, relationship to pain, and overall lifestyle. 
Susan Crittenden  Instructor



Susan was a consumer of personal training at a local gym for several years, until the day she woke up in excruciating pain.  She was told by a chiropractor that her pain was the result of scoliosis and mentioned the Pilates Method as a good alternative to the typical gym workouts.

After only two or three lessons, she fell in love with this mindful, movement methodology, The Pilates Method. In two or three months she was living pain-free, and knew she wanted to help others achieve similar results. Susan has been teaching Pilates since 2009 and completed her comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates in 2013.  

With a profound fascination for the human body and it's movement capacity, Susan focuses her life towards inspiring people to take care of their physical fitness—and to move every day.







Cleo Zell-  Instructor
                  PMA Certified Pilates Teacher



Physical activity and mindfulness have always been major parts of Cleo’s life. Her love of movement stems from the benefits it brings to both our minds and our bodies. In addition to years of practicing yoga and dancing of all kinds (modern, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and zumba), she has been doing mat Pilates since 2012. On a trip to San Diego, she discovered reformer Pilates and found it to be her favorite way to feel energetic, stronger, and more balanced.

As both “cheerleader” and “drill sergeant”, she wants to share her passion for and the benefits of Pilates with her students and the community. Cleo became a certified Pilates instructor in November 2016 having completed her 450-hour comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Krista Garabedian PMA®-CPT at Lates Pilates.





Andrea Haney- Instructor



Andrea was born and raised in Pittsburgh! She completed her comprehensive Pilates training through both Peak Pilates and Harmony Pilates. Additionaly, she has traveled to Colorodo, New York, Florida and Ohio to persue her Pilates education. Andrea is the previous owner of The Pilates Centre studio in Allison Park which she owned for 7 years.

Andrea started her career in the fitness industry in 1984. She has taught exercise classes at Club One, Oxford Athletic Club and Community Center in Fox Chapel

Andrea currently working towards a Bacholors degree in Health and Physical Education at The University of Pittsburgh.

Other Interests of Andrea include paddle and tennis. Additionally, she is an avid golfer. Andrea loves Pilates and what it brings to her other sports. With this, she loves sharing the benefits of Pilates with her clients, helping them improve their overall fittness and sports.


 


At Fusion Pilates Studio we are committed to providing the community with regular positive movement experiences so that every individual can experience a more fullfilled life with less pain and more strength and balance.

If you have completed a comprehensive accreditted Pilates teacher program and are interested in  joining our team please contact fusionpilatesstudio@gmail.com