The Pilates technique was developed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast and boxer, who was born in Germany in 1880. He was living in England at the outbreak of War War I and his German citizenship led to his imprisonment in a British internment camp along with other German nationals as enemy aliens. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, this was a fundamental time in the development of his method. At the British internment camp, Joseph taught his exercises to fellow compatriots and developed the first concepts for his innovative machines by disassembling the camp bunk beds and using the springs as a form of resistance to rehabilitate the injured and bed-ridden. The doctors noticed that patients who practiced Pilates improved faster than those who did not. The 1918 influenza pandemic hit and decimated populations all over the world, however, it is told that the inmates that followed Joseph’s routine survived due to their good health. This spring-based apparatus became the first “machine” Pilates developed. This system, combined with Muscle Activation Technique at work, formed the foundation of his method. The first official Pilates studio was set up in New York City in 1926. At first practiced mainly by dancers and elite athletes, it has been enthusiastically adopted by the sports and fitness world as well.
Flattens, tones and strengthen the abdominal area
Develops longer& leaner muscles
Corrects postural problems
Creates freedom of movement
Enhances balance, strength, and flexibility
Beyond a Workout
Increases core strength/stability
Complements other methods of exercises/sports performance
Improves coordination and circulation
Kim K Style
Kim’s style of teaching integrates different movement forms and techniques taken from her studies over the years. Some of these techniques include: Muscle Activation Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, and Martial Arts. Her classes stay fresh and tailored to individual needs. Kim can work with anyone from the skilled athlete to people with disabilities, and her extensive experience provides clients with comprehensive training in a regimented but fun and creative atmosphere.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in what was one of the most challenging, beneficial, and fun Pilates-based classes I have taken. [Kim Kuznitz] brings expertise as a Pilates instructor and surfer to this class, making it both delightful and challenging.”Djuna Passman