-ROMANA KRYZANOWSKA, student of Joseph Pilates and master of the Pilates Method


What is Pilates?



  1. a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates protoge, described the method as "Stretch with strength and control". The Pilates method develops a balance between strength and flexibility, stability and mobility through consistently practiced movements performed with accuracy and precision in a specific order on the mat and on a variety of apparatus.


Where did it come from?

The Pilates Method comes from one person, and his name was Joseph Pilates. Mr. Pilates was born long before Lululemon, ClassPass, and the rise of boutique fitness studios, in a land far, far away. Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1883 to be exact. He was the son of a gymnast and a naturopath and devoted his life to creating a method that was far beyond it's time with true lasting potential.


What is the reformer and will it kill me?

The Universal Reformer was created by Joseph Pilates and despite it's looks, it will not kill you! It's a large piece of apparatus that utilizes pulleys and springs to add resistance to add assistance for some movements, yet challenge to others. The reformer is so much less scary than it appears, and you are always under the supervision and guidance of a well trained instructor who will tell you exactly what to do and not do.

In addition to the reformer, there are several other pieces of apparatus: ladder barrel, wunda chair, cadillac and more. Oxygen proudly offers more diverse apparatus than any other Pilates studio in and around Andover.


Is Pilates the same as yoga?

It's not, but it's a super common question. Many Pilates instructors have spent years correcting their friends and families who always ask "you teach yoga, right?".

(Some of us just say yes at this point)

All kidding aside, Pilates and yoga do share some similar movements and are certainly in the same "genre" of fitness options available right now. Pilates has no spiritual component, there is no meditative aspect - one must be mentally present and focused at all times, which in itself, will help you forget about the woes of your life - you can't think about work, family, stress, or what's for dinner when you're focused on what your body is doing.

Both forms of movement will yield impressive benefits:

  • increased flexibility and range of motion
  • increased strength
  • decreased stress and anxiety
  • stronger core
  • better balance and coordination

"What I noticed from Pilates last year was that I have much better control of my body.

I repeat my delivery consistently.

My balance is much improved.

And the mental and physical toughness Pilates requires to complete movements the correct way have directly helped me on the mound.”




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Are you involved in a sport or activity for recreation, competition or professionally?

If Pilates isn't part of your routine, you are being left in the dust. Literally.

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