From Our Editors
At Pure Movement Pilates Studio, tables and chairs aren't furniture, but workout partners. The trapeze table and four Wunda chairs facilitate Pilates exercise by adding resistance to motion with their spring systems. They work alongside five Reformers and several mats during private, semiprivate, and group classes, all of which are led by seasoned instructors and customized to suit students of varying skill levels. Though the techniques vary by session and apparatus, their benefits align: better posture, increased flexibility, and lean muscles.
Pilates isn't the only discipline taught by the expert staff, however. Professional dancer Elizabeth Mikautadze leads Gyrotonic courses, a method that, unlike playing basketball in a straitjacket, emphasizes achieving and maintaining full range of motion through fluid, free movements. Her lessons draw from fields as diverse as tai chi, swimming, and gymnastics to guide clients as they manipulate pulley-based machinery. The studio also hosts meditative Hatha yoga lessons, and, to offset soreness and soothe physiques, its onsite massage therapists administer reflexology, deep-tissue massages, and Thai bodywork.