what is pilates?

A vigorous, highly focused total body workout with spring loaded equipment. Pilates goes deep, using resistance to strengthen while it stretches. There are over 500 exercises to challenge you.

Who is pilates for?


Pilates sets your body up for success in whatever it does. Whether you're training, toning or recovering, you'll do it better, stronger and more efficiently.

The Pilates method offers a system of stretching and strengthening exercises.  It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites the body and mind, and creates a more streamlined shape.

Balanced Body Fitness is a private studio with a warm inviting atmosphere. It's a place where you are the focus and your well being. The studio is fully equipped with Pilates equipment including the Reformer, Cadillac, Exo chair, and Barrels. Every session at Balanced Body Fitness is customized to reflect individual needs and goals. 


"I started my Pilates training with Heather 16 months ago.  From our first session together, she has intuitively known what my body needs in a work out.  She is always supportive, patient and fun while challenging me to master new and more advanced moves.  I love the variety in our sessions. The workouts can include time on the mat, the reformer, the barrel, and, most recently, the chair, along with bands and weights.  At the end of the hour, my whole body feels stronger and rejuvenated.  Pilates sessions with Heather are definitely highlights in my week.                                                                                                                           Suzy S.

"Several years ago, I had a bout of sciatica caused, I will later learn, by a disintegrating disc in the lower spine.  Never having experienced this kind of pain before, I hobbled to the doctor, who wisely told me "I know you want to just crawl into bed and stay there but... I want you to continue your Pilates and your work on the reformer."  Then she added, " if one exercise really is uncomfortable or really hurts, don't do that one!"

So Heather worked with my twinges and aches; I continued with modified routines laid out by Heather for strengthening the lower back.

Three weeks later, after the MRI, I visited the surgeon.  "No way," he said, "should you be moving that well already from the damage shown on the MRI."  I explained what I had been doing and he said "You just continue what you are doing. NO surgery is going to help you move any better than the exercise that strengthens those lower back muscles to carry the damaged disc."

Kathy B.

joseph Pilates

"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty session you will see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body."

Joseph H. Pilates