Pilates (pronounced Pah-la-teez) was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates, a performer and athlete who was interested in rehabilitation techniques. Joseph Pilates spent 20 years studying and practicing apprenticeships in yoga, Zen philosophy, and ancient Greek and Roman physical regimens. He devised a system of original exercises, which are now known as Pilates ‘mat work’, or exercises done on a mat on the floor. As a result of his studies, he developed exercises and physical movements that stretch and strengthen the body, develop balance, sharpen mental focus, and increase energy. This is achieved by training the core muscles used to maintain posture and spinal alignment.
The contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the acclaimed STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and line of equipment. STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, offering a low-impact way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body. Marshall Eklund Pilates is the only STOTT PILATES® licensed studio in San Diego.
  1. Strengthens the lower back
  2. Builds a stronger body with better balance and flexibility
  3. Improves posture
  4. Relieves many types of back and joint pain
  5. Strengthens deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, decreasing and even eliminating incontinence
  6. Increases energy
  7. Develops a longer, leaner appearance. You may even grow taller!
  8. Increases bone mass to guard against Osteoporosis or Osteopenia
  9. Develops long, strong and firm muscles
  10. Creates core stability
Our STOTT PILATES® exercise routines will improve your core strength and balance, and enable you to feel and look better. Pilates focuses on:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic placement
  • Position of the ribs
  • Head and cervical spine placement
  • Scapular (shoulder) movement
Obviously this depends upon a range of factors, including your fitness level when you start, whether you have an existing injury or take part in other physical activities, and your level of motivation etc. Certainly by taking two classes are week you’lll find that your physical awareness has increased and that many of your inactive muscles have been fired up. Because of your new postural corrections, you will have more energy as well. Within 10-12 sessions, you should see, and feel, a positive change in your body.
We recommend that you consult your doctor before signing up for a Pilates program, especially if you are recovering from an injury or have been experiencing chronic pain. Unlike other forms of exercise that could put you at risk with sudden movements or improper weight lifting, Pilates incorporates fluid, controlled movements. The Pilates instructors at our San Diego studio are qualified to design your program around your limitations and abilities, and are vigilant about protecting your physical well-being while challenging you to make improvements within your range of capabilities.
You can practice Pilates whatever age you are and whatever fitness level. It is an exercise program enjoyed by beginners and professional athletes alike. Pilates can make you feel better as you go through your day, increasing your energy and helping you maintain good posture, which is important for keeping your body in alignment and free from aches and pains. You will develop greater body awareness and grace through your Pilates practice and there are even anti-aging benefits. Our trained and certified Pilates instructors can provide physical specialist rehabilitation workouts as well.
The STOTT PILATES® equipment used at our studio was developed based on the principles of exercise science. Over 500 matwork and equipment-based exercise variations are possible. This enables our trainers to lead you through movements that work specifically on certain musculoskeletal areas of the body, through your breathing. Our instructors are highly trained to fully employ Pilates equipment, addressing specific areas of focus.
STOTT PILATES® is considered to be the gold standard of Pilates certification programs and is internationally renowned for the quality of its training. STOTT PILATES® focuses on applied anatomy, biomechanics and program design, far surpassing programs that stress choreography and repertoire. To become a STOTT PILATES® instructor, a student must complete extensive class and workshop time, and pass a challenging written and practical examination. These instructors are the most sought after Pilates teachers in the world.
Our studio is centrally located just minutes from Downtown San Diego, in the Hillcrest/North Park area, near Kensington and University Heights.(Directions) We are just minutes from downtown San Diego, and offer free off-street parking.

Eklund Pilates & Fitness
1807 Robinson Avenue, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92104

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