• You could say that Pilates is the Art of making time work for you, instead of against you.
  • The best answer I've ever heard to the question of "What is Pilates?" is that it is a system of Corrective Exercises.
  • I help people understand what is causing their pain so they can work on it ALL the time, not just when they are in class.
  • Shaping the body from the inside out appeals to both logic and intuition.
  • Nothing you do one, or even three, hours a week is going to reverse years of postural damage...we study to make every breath of the day a productive and corrective event.
  • The beauty of the Pilates system is how the various exercises inter-relate, from Mat to Machine and back again.

What is PMA Certification?

What is PMA Certification?

Eric Schimel
Why we need the PMA For those of you who don't know, the Pilates Method Alliance is the modern and only regulating and certifying body in the Pilates Universe. Those of you who are familiar with it are aware that the world owes it a considerable debt. Had it not arisen around the turn of the millennium the presence and persistence of Pilates would be very different, and not for the better in my opinion. Not only am I certified by the PMA but I am slightly connected to its constructi…
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Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Eric Schimel
  A New Concept in Pilates Mat Well, what's so new about it? After 8 years and nearly 500 mat classes taught, it is clear to us that the hardest thing of all is integrating new people! If you are lucky enough to have a class full of folks who work smart as well as hard, where does the newbie fit in? Does the whole class idle while they get up to speed, or does the newbie cower in the background and get ignored in their confusion? We have based our whole concept on facin…
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About Eric

About Eric

Eric Schimel
Unlike most Pilates instructors who come from the worlds of Yoga and Ballet, Eric's background is in the Martial Arts. He has incorporated his own unique background into the classical Pilates tradition to create a highly effective training system which is then tailored to the widely varied needs of his clients. Eric is a proud graduate of the Pilates of Austin Certification Program. He has taught Pilates at the PCA as well as at the University of Texas. Most recently, he was a gue…
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