June 2017 | Agoura Hills, California
“Gratz Industries is dedicated to making the most authentic and the highest quality Pilates equipment anywhere in the world.
That is the simple reason why I only use Gratz Pilates equipment at my studio.”
Original Method Pilates
Across the hill from Malibu, at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in Agoura Hills, California is a beautiful fully equipped Gratz Pilates studio. Original Method Pilates offers a true and authentic Pilates experience on the best Pilates equipment available. Ken Heizman, a long time student of Pilates Elder Jay Grimes opened the studio in August 2015, and it has become one of the great Pilates studios in the Los Angeles area.
I opened The Original Method Pilates Studio to carry on the method as much as possible as its founder, Joe Pilates, created it. The studio is designed to offer the most rewarding and real Pilates sessions, classes and workshops available for clients and teachers. “Pilates does not need to be changed. It’s perfect just the way it is”, Jay Grimes, who worked directly with Joe and Clara Pilates often says, adding, “It’s all there, in ‘the work’, just as Joe designed it”. The Pilates system, as Joe created it, contains all of the tools needed to condition the human body to the highest levels of physical fitness for anyone willing to consistently practice and continually learn and enjoy the method. The Pilates system is vast. It takes years to fully learn in the body and the mind. However, great benefits are evident from the first few sessions, and the rewards continue to grow and multiply with each session ongoing, creating a lifetime of benefits.
I have been a student of Jay Grimes since 2006, and I have had the great fortune to work with him weekly in private sessions since 2009. I am a graduate of his comprehensive teaching programs “The Work” and “Teaching the Work”, and I continue to practice, learn and teach nearly every day. The Original Method Studio is where I have chosen to carry on the Pilates method and to train other teachers and clients to do so.
One of the great and very important components of the Pilates system is the equipment. Gratz Pilates equipment is manufactured to the original specifications that Joe Pilates determined to be the correct ones for the exercise method that he created. The exercises and the equipment go hand in hand. Pilates exercises were designed to be performed on proper Pilates apparatus. When either the exercise or the equipment is changed from the original design, then inevitably parts of the system are lost, and the rewards become not quite as profound. That is why I use only Gratz Pilates equipment at my studio. It is the safest, the most reliable, and especially it is the highest quality Pilates equipment available anywhere in the world.
Each and every Pilates apparatus that Gratz manufactures can be found at the Original Method Pilates Studio. All were invented by Joe Pilates and have been carefully and meticulously crafted to original design by Gratz Industries. With 3 reformers, 2 cadillacs, 2 high mats, a guillotine tower, 2 wunda chairs, an electric chair, an arm chair, a ladder barrel, spine correctors, mini barrels pedi-poles and much more, I have all of the tools at my disposal to offer the finest Pilates experience to others. I am proud that the beautiful Pilates studio that I own and operate, which grew out of intense hard work and dedication to the Pilates method, has become one of the great, authentic, and true Pilates studios of our time.
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