What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise using Pilates apparatus (equipment) or a mat together with various props to improve strength, flexibility and body awareness. Classical Pilates was invented a century ago by Joseph Pilates. Together with his wife, Clara, they developed the classical Pilates method at their Pilates studio in New York City until the end of the 1960s. Joe drew inspiration from dance, bodybuilding, yoga, martial arts, gymnastics and even animal movements.

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The Pilates Method

Classical Pilates has six basic principles that are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise.

Centering

Each movement should be initiated from your center and work out toward your extremities. Your center or “powerhouse” includes the abdominals, buttocks, hips and inner thighs. By initiating movement from your core, your body will function more efficiently.

Concentration

Your body will achieve greater results with Pilates by bringing full attention and commitment to each exercise. This method requires both thought and action. Learning to be mindful and focused on the task at hand improves concentration and will enhance performance.

Control

Control, rather than intensity or repetition, is the key to executing Pilates correctly. The exercises should be done with complete muscular control and no body part should be left to its own devices.

Precision

It’s all about the details! Form and alignment are everything. Work for quality instead of quantity. It is better to execute 5 repetitions of an exercise with great form than 20 with sloppy, careless form.

Breath

In Pilates exercises, all movements are coordinated with breath. Joseph Pilates encouraged people to use their lungs to powerfully pump air completely in and out of the body. Breathing deeply helps to activate your deep abdominal muscles, release unwanted tension, and keep you focused.

Flow

The system is designed to flow seamlessly from one exercise to the next. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. Transitions should be integrated into the work so that movement is continuous.

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Why is Pilates good?

Pilates improves your strength, flexibility and mind-body awareness by bringing attention to your posture and which muscles you are engaging at any given moment. Pilates is good for everybody regardless of your fitness level, age or body type. Pilates improves athletic performance for a wide range of activities including soccer, golf, running, cycling, skiing, tennis, dance and more!

Athletes and Pilates

For professional athletes it is even more important to have correct posture and strength in the core muscles because the pressure on their bodies is much greater than in everyday recreational sports. Using the Pilates method, you will learn the basic approach of centering and control of the body from the inside out. You will have better opportunities to reach and maintain peak performance without unnecessary injuries.

Dance and Pilates

Whatever level or style of dance you prefer, it requires precision, flexibility and strength to perform well. With a strong core, you reduce the risk of injuries due to overloading your spine and joints. In addition, dancers gain stability at their center and in turn improve the mobility of their limbs. The Pilates method was invented in close cooperation with top Broadway performers and has been used to improve their agility and strength of movement for many years.

Pregnancy and Pilates

Both during and after pregnancy, it can be challenging to find a form of exercise that is appropriate. Joints, muscles and other tissues are exposed to a great deal of stress and sometimes trauma. Pilates can be easily adapted for pregnant women and new moms and is the perfect low-impact workout. The exercises activate the deepest layer of your abdominal muscles, which are necessary for stabilizing your back and pelvis. In addition, pilates aids in balance, flexibility and posture.

Back Pain and Pilates

We all experience back pain at some point in life. Habitual poor posture is one of the most common causes, mainly because we spend a large portion of everyday life sitting down. In this position, we compress our spine, causing our disks to degenerate. The Pilates method focuses on correct alignment of the spine and creating space in between the discs. Improved core strength and body awareness help to heal existing back pain and prevent new injuries from occurring.

Arthritis and Pilates

Arthritis, one of the most common chronic conditions today, can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. The symptoms are often frustrating and uncomfortable, and can lead to loss of function in the affected joint. While there is no treatment to stop the disease process, physical activity has been proven to have a positive impact on increasing joint mobility. Pilates exercises can help reduce the pain, increase the range of motion and improve overall strength.

Fatigue and Pilates

Today’s world is often over-stimulating and fast-paced, leading us to feel overwhelmed and stressed. This can point us toward fatigue, exhaustion and irritability. Pilates can counteract these feelings by encouraging you to focus, with no distractions, on your body and your movements. Concentrate, breathe, and you will achieve a sense of well being. Joseph Pilates said, “Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” You will leave your session or class feeling full of energy!

Janneke J.
Stockholm, Mama Pilates

I highly recommend Stephanie’s Mama Pilates class. I was totally new to Pilates and I’ve done 2 courses now. I think it’s a good and safe way to reconnect to your body and start exercising after giving birth. Stephanie is a great teacher who pays attention to your posture very well – and let me say, little adjustments can make a huge difference in Pilates.

Manja G.
Stockholm, Pregnancy Pilates

Stephanie’s pregnancy pilates class has just the perfect tempo for me. It is helping me stay active and fit during pregnancy. She is really focused on students, explains every detail of movement clearly, checks we are doing everything properly and corrects us accordingly. I am planing to continue with classes after delivery 🙂

Ana-Linda F.
Stockholm, Mama Pilates

I am so glad I came across Stephanie’s Mama Pilates classes in Stockholm after quite some trial and error elsewhere. I appreciate her knowledge and that she carefully keeps an eye on us and focuses on our individual needs during classes. She is very professional. The variety of exercises was great as well and I always felt so good afterwards. The set up where I can train and take the little one with me was just perfect for me too and also a good chance to meet other mums. My diastasis recti is recovered and I now can visit normal classes – which I definitely will as I absolutely found pleasure in the Pilates method.

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About Pilates Via

We help both beginners and experienced Pilates aficionados improve strength and flexibility. Pilates Via was founded by Stephanie Fjalestad in 2016. Studio Odenplan, a fully equipped Classic Pilates studio, opened in the spring of 2018. Studio Haga and Studio Online opened in the spring of 2020. The saga continues…

Your Instructors

International instructors with 10+ years of experience from the US, Sweden, Australia and many more countries. All senior instructors are trained by one of the original Classical Pilates “elders”.

Boaz Pilates Instructor
Boaz

Pilates Instructor

Most of his professional life, he has spent moving; for 24 years as a dancer in Israel and then in Stockholm. He began his journey into the world of Pilates after a lower back injury and started as a Pilates instructor in 2005. Boaz is a Classical Pilates instructor, comprehensively certified with The Pilates Standard.

Stephanie Fjalestad Pilates Instructor
Stephanie

Founder / Senior Pilates Instructor & Mentor

Former dancer and classical pilates instructor trained under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, always positive, motivating and ready to challenge students in a safe, comfortable and fun environment to meet their individual goals. Experienced teaching people of all ages, body types, athletic abilities, pre-natal and post-natal, and able to modify exercises for various injuries. Exhibits patience with new learners and is an effective communicator. She loves nothing more than when a client experiences a breakthrough moment as a result of doing pilates.

Leah Pilates Instructor
Leah

Pilates Instructor

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Leah is a dancer, choreographer and Pilates teacher. She has been teaching Pilates for 6 years. She has worked with dancers, athletes, pre/post natal, differently abled bodies, injury rehabilitation and teenagers, from beginner to advanced levels. Alignment, flow and strength make up the core of Leah’s classes, and she loves to push clients with a bit of humour as well.

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How To Start?

Studio Sessions and Essential Pilates classes are the foundation if you are a beginner of Classical Pilates

Most people start with a Studio Session or an Essential Pilates | Mat class.

If you are 60+ and not have exercised for a while, we recommend start with a Vintage Pilates class.

For pregnant and new moms we recommend Pregnancy Pilates and Mama Pilates classes.

Remember, Classical Pilates is not something you learn in one day. It is a progressive journey without an end. It takes approximately 10 classes or 5 lessons before you discover how much you have learned about your body and what Classical Pilates do for you.

After your first class or session, your instructor will follow up with recommendations what you should continue with.

Questions & Answers

How much does it cost?

First. No membership fees or other frills.

  • Class | Mat (25 min): From 140 kr
  • Class | Mat (50 min): From 280 kr
  • Class | Apparatus (50 min): From 420 kr
  • Session | Private (50 min): From 980 kr
  • Session | Group (50 min): From 560 kr p.p.

How do I book?

When you are ready, you book online.

We have no reception so all visits are booked and pre-paid in advance. Uncertain? No worries, you have up to 28 days to change your mind and receive a full refund, no questions asked. If you have any questions please contact us and we’ll help you get started. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Do you offer monthly / annual passes?

No. We offer Class Passes. The benefit of Class Passes is that you can take a break for how long and as often as you want. No need for you to break a sweat if you are not feeling well or if you are planning a long trip! All our classes and sessions have Class Pass Packages. The bigger the Package, the more you save per class/session.

I have a disability, can I train Pilates?

It depends on your disability. We currently have clients with prosthetics who train, but we are unfortunately not able to host people who have mobility, hearing or visual impairments for safety reasons. This is something we continuously evaluate and hope to be able to offer in the future as Pilates is really good for everyone. If you are uncertain, please contact us to assess your challenges.

Can I do this?

Yes, provided you can stand, sit and lie on the floor you can do classes. If you have been recommended by a physiotherapist, doctor or have a known injury then we recommend at least one private lesson first where we go through your conditions together and how you can adapt your exercises in a class.

How often should I exercise?

Joseph Pilates recommended exercising 3 times a week. We believe you will see development with at least one private session or class per week. If you can exercise two to three times a week, you will feel results much faster.

How late can I book / reschedule?

Classes are bookable up until the class starts. Sessions are bookable up until 24 hours before the session starts.

If you need to reschedule, you can do so yourself using the link provided in your booking confirmation you received via email.

You can reschedule up to 6 hours before your class/session starts.

Contact us if you have more questions.

Pilates Via in Stockholm

We have two fully equipped Pilates studios, Studio Odenplan and Studio Haga in Stockholm, as well as our Studio Online where we run interactive classes and sessions using Zoom.