Get to know Dawn, our New Pilates Instructor

She might have been snacking on Macadamia nuts and chocolate, two of her favorite foods, when Dawn spotted a reformer  for the first time being advertised on QVC. With curious eyes she watched the woman demonstrating the reformer, moving back and forth and Dawn thought, “gee, that looks like fun!” Dawn was already in the fitness industry as a personal …

Celebrating 10 Years

It was around this time ten years ago that my husband, Tom and I discovered that we were going to have a baby! It wasn’t a complete shock but as much as I was excited, I was also very surprised. Just three months earlier I had opened the doors to my brand new business, Pilates Defined and had been considering …

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Move your body and smell the flowers! Ahhhhhhh….Spring is the season of renewal and regrowth. Next time you go outside, pause and take a slow, purposeful breath. Can you smell that first hint of spring in the air? Joseph Pilates is famous for his quote,” Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on …

Pilates Day – May 4 – Free Classes

Open House and FREE classes! Saturday May 4 FREE class schedule 9:15-10am Mixed Level Mat9:15-10am Group Reformer10:30-11 Therapy Ball Rolling10:30-11 Intro to Reformer11-11:30 Chair for everyone11-11:30 Advanced Reformer11:30-1210 min assisted stretching privates *registration is required for all classes Sign up now to reserve your space!Bring a friend and WIN a T-Shirt!Raffle with prizes to benefit West Hartford Special Olympics!Healthy snacks!

You won’t want to miss this!

Save the Date! An afternoon with Mary Bowen Spend 3 hours with a living PILATES LEGEND! Mary Bowen is the most Senior Elder still teaching who studied with Joe and Clara themselves!A theatre actress/comedienne/musical comedy performer, Mary is a Jungian psychoanalyst (49 years and ongoing) and a Pilates teacher (44 years and ongoing).   Mary’s two careers combined in 1995 becoming her signature …

Do you have a Pilates Happy Place?

I lay down and first feel the weight of my back on the carriage. I can feel the base of my skull sinking into the mat while my tailbone lengthens. My spine begins to unwind. I take a breath as I bring my feet onto the bar. The bar feels firm and supportive under my bare skin. As I extend …

Black Friday Pilates at Pilates Defined on November 23!

Post-Turkey Pilates! Looking for a healthier alternative to shopping this Black Friday? We are here for you! Join Tricia and jump of those extra pie calories with a Reformer jump-board class or breathe and find your center in the Balance and Strength mat class. Either way you will feel renewed and refreshed after the feast and ready to take on …

A Pilates Defined Client Story – meet Matt — age 27

Matt Ekstrand came to Pilates Defined unconvinced and unwilling, coerced by a friend helping a friend complete her teacher training hours.    “I was told to be here at a certain time, and I showed up,” the 27-year-old deadpanned. “It was all downhill from there.” His love-hate relationship with Pilates comes through in his grudging praise.    Asked for three …