• 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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What is PMA Certification?

What is PMA Certification?

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...
Stillness – The National Plague

Stillness – The National Plague

The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle I am hardly breaking new ground with this concept. So very much good information on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle or day has been made available that I only wish to write today about one particular aspect. But, should you...
Pilates and the Martial Arts. Part one.

Pilates and the Martial Arts. Part one.

Pilates and the Martial Arts. Part one. The only thing I enjoy more than writing and talking about this connection is actually training folks at the place where these two arts run parallel. There is a huge untapped potential for helping Martial athletes to improve...
The Advanced Reformer

The Advanced Reformer

The Advanced Reformer The biggest exhibit in the Pilates Museum, we observe the Adv. UR routine and borrow ideas from it but very few of us perform it in its entirety. Even the rare student certified in the advanced work may not have needed to demo the complete...
Pilates: A How to

Pilates: A How to

A How to… As I blurted out to end my last post, I claim to do and teach the Advanced Reformer in an hour or less and that myself and students have done this repeatedly. To the educated this claim may seem questionable or even dangerous in that doing any Pilates...