Helios Center for Movement
Chicago's only official studio for Fletcher Pilates, Helios Center for Movement sculpts students of all ages and skill levels with muscle-challenging Pilates sessions that earned it the Chicago Reader's award for Best Pilates Studio in 2010 and 2011. The Fletcher Pilates schedule of classes includes Pilates mat sessions that engage limbs and cores with a posture-firming regimen that utilizes towel work alongside floor exercises, boosting lung capacity to wind-tunnel levels with the style's signature percussive-breathing techniques. Promoting a balance from crown to anklet, On the Ball sessions challenge minds and bodies by forcing students to file their tax returns while stretching and flexing atop a stability ball, and Pilates Sculpt incorporates small weights into a series of barre and spinal exercises in order to strengthen muscles. The studio's impassioned instructors cap class attendance at 10 students to ensure that each pupil receives personalized attention and a unique nickname.