Senso Pilates Studio


The Other Way Around. Not Your Typical Gratz Story.
Photo credit: Wernonika Ratlowska

There are many paths to the Pilates Method, and my highway was built on the design, construction, and mechanics. But I think that’s fairly normal and common if you start out as an architect!

After discovering Pilates, I was fascinated not only by the movement of the body, but by the function of the apparatus as well. Right from the start, I imagined building my own machines. It wasn’t until later that I learned that these devices aren’t machines at all, since a machine has a motor. The motor for all Pilates equipment is, of course, the moving body! With every discovery like this, I became more obsessed.

It had always been a dream of mine to build furniture; tables, benches, and so on, so I thought why not build my own Pilates equipment? The perfect hobby for an architect and Pilates trainer!

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Leaf Pilates Cheongdam Studio



Event images from Brett Howard's International Workshop 2017 event held at Leaf Pilates Cheongdam Studio this past August.

Brett Howard is the Co-Founder, Director of Education and Senior Teacher of Teachers, United States Pilates Association® LLC
Co-Founder and Board Vice President, Pilates Youth Organization
Founder and Director, The Pilates Haus

Featured workshops included:

  • Spinal and Trunk Abnormalities 
  • Knee Abnormalities 
  • Deepen Understanding of the Classical Cadillac 
  • Deepen Understanding of the Classical Reformer
  • Classic Pilates Super Advanced Workshop 

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Written by Peter Fiasca


VOICES of Classical Pilates II: Men's Work, Collected Essays & Dialogues

Thirty accomplished 2nd generation Classical Pilates professionals and students write candidly about their lives and work. These individuals share ideas and experiences in ways that show intriguing diversity among those who are devoted to Joseph Pilates’ traditional system of mental and physical conditioning. With honesty and perceptive insight, these educators and students reveal their fascinating journeys into the work of Classical Pilates.

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Written by Kathryn Ross-Nash


The Red Thread Of Pilates By Kathryn Ross-Nash


For years Baby sat in the corner - "It's for old ladies and delicate dancers" we were told. So for years Baby sat.... Off to the side and out of the light. This book will change your mind about the Arm/Baby Chair! It contains exercises that challenge the strongest of strong. The Arm /Baby Chair teaches us the missing component in the Pilates of today. It teaches us how to lift and engage our Powerhouse in the correct manner. You will learn to move with length in two directions from a strong center. The Arm/ Baby Chair connects the front body to the back body and then both more deeply into the Powerhouse.

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Written by Christina Maria Gadar and Illustrated by Taís Haydée Gadar



  • The most creative and imaginative book about Pilates.
  • Illustrated by a talented 8 year old Pilates student.
  • Pilates photography modeled by children (ages 8 and 10). An educational book about Joe Pilates and the history of his equipment.
  • A children’s Pilates book that will inform and inspire readers of ALL ages.


Enter a world where push-up devices become damselflies and mats become flying carpets. Learn about an imaginative man who turned wheelchairs and beer barrels into exercise equipment. "Discovering Joe Pilates" introduces readers to the amazing inventor behind the Pilates Method and displays the whimsical side of Pilates' inventions as seen through the eyes of children. Readers will be delighted by the whimsical illustrations, captivated by the history of Joe's inventions, and might even get a chuckle from the silly poems. This not-so-typical children's book blends the genius of Joe Pilates and the imagination of children into a book sure to please readers of all ages. Reading level: Grade 3 and up. Note: A portion of the royalties from this book will be donated to The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research.

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Written by Yung Ok Yoo


Urban Walkbout featuring True Pilates Sydney

Urban Walkbout is a national digital and printed publication city guide that focuses what is happening in the major cities around Australia in arts, events, food and health. Each publication centres on festivities and local business within urban landscape that is our community.

After 4 years in this community, True Pilates Sydney Studio wanted to formally introduce itself and Romana’s Pilates to the community. With so many Pilates methods available in an around the area, we felt it was important to explain our point of difference as a Romana’s Pilates studio. We are proud to be part of the Romana’s Pilates community in delivering the best Pilates training method.

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By Jean-Claude Nelson
Bluebird Pilates Munich – Pilates in München


Floating Arm Chair | Variations on the Pilates Arm Chair By Jean-Claude Nelson | Bluebird Pilates Munich – Pilates in München

Floating Arm Chair | Variations on the Pilates Arm Chair By Jean-Claude Nelson


About Jean-Claude Nelson
Jean-Claude Nelson was born in Munich. At the age of 8, he started studying classical and modern ballet at the Munich Academy of Music. After 10 years, he graduated with a diploma and was immediately engaged by the Bavarian State Ballet. Soon he moved abroad and danced as a soloist with the London City Ballet, the Ballet of Monte Carlo and the Ballet of the Opera of Lyon.

After intense international tours through Europe, Asia, North and South America, Jean-Claude suffered a serious knee injury that forced him to interrupt his career. In this difficult period of life he learned the Pilates method.

He was so enthusiastic about the positive results of the training that he decided to put all his energy into a two-year study of the authentic Pilates method. He began his training in The Hague with Marjorie Oron and worked with Romana Krysanowska ,Sari Meija Santo, Sabina Formichella, Philippe Taupin, Jane Poerwoatmodjo and Henry Rushing among others. He received his diploma in 2006 from the internationally renowned master teacher Romana Krysanowska (True Pilates New York, Romanaʻs Pilates).

Jean-Claude returned to France in order to work as a freelance artist and independent Pilates instructor. He also taught Pilates in Monaco, Lyon, The Hague, Amsterdam, London, New York and Paris. In order to deepen his educational expertise, he trained further as a state-certified dance teacher in France in 2010.

In 2012, he decided to return to his home city of Munich to found the Bluebird Pilates studio.

On request, Jean-Claude teaches in English, German and French language.

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Written by Seran Glanfield


Design Your Pilates Business


It’s natural at this time of year to take stock of what you have achieved over the past year and question what the future holds. Do you know where you are taking your business? Do you have a goal and a plan, or are you jumping from one good idea to the next without really knowing where you are heading?

If so, you are not alone. Pushing for bigger and wanting more (but, without a clear direction) can leave you quickly feeling overwhelmed.

And, I see it all the time when I speak with business owners. Whether you have a lot of momentum in your studio business or your are just starting to fill your schedule with clients, it’s natural to begin to wonder; what next? Where should I go from here?

All strategic planning begins with a vision for the future. Until you know where you are going you can’t create a plan. And, I know that the vision you have for your business is out there. Perhaps you just need a little encouragement to define it.

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