"Gratz-Pilates is the finest quality and only Pilates equipment available with designs based upon the original specifications of Joseph Pilates. Every dimension and specification was intentional. To change that is to change the method. Other brands pale in comparison. Gratz comes from the source, and like the True Pilates method it has withstood the test of time and doesn’t need to be altered or “updated” in order to exploit fitness trends. It is the only equipment we use because it is true to the source and the method with designs, measurements, and specifications that ensure that anyone, regardless of shape or size, can see and feel real change and experience the work as it was intended."

Touchstone Pilates

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Touchstone Pilates is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering private, semi-private and small group sessions. We offer the highest quality classical Pilates instruction available based upon the system of exercises and philosophies originally developed by Joseph Pilates - what is today called True Pilates. Touchstone was the first Pilates studio in Pittsburgh fully equipped with Gratz-Pilates apparatus and is the only studio in Pittsburgh offering the True Pilates method as handed down by Joseph Pilates directly to his world-renowned protege, Romana Kryzanowska.

Our studio’s name, Touchstone Pilates, was developed based upon my belief that the training our instructors received from Romana and her daughter, Sari Mejia Santo, and the Gratz-Pilates equipment that we use are the best available and set the standard for Pilates training excellence.

Touchstone — n. an excellent quality or example that is used to test the excellence, genuineness, or value of others. Synonyms 1. Standard, measure, or model.

Why did you decide to open a Pilates studio? I pursued my Romana’s Pilates certification while working full time in banking and finance. In 2006 after I completed my certification, I decided to move back home to Pittsburgh to pursue a new career in Pilates. I knew there was a need in Pittsburgh for a truly classical Pilates studio and decided to open Touchstone Pilates in 2007.

Touchstone Pilates will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this June 2017.

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