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History of Pilates
The pilates method emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century as a method of physical and mental conditioning created and perfected by the German Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. His childhood was marked by several diseases (which include asthma, rheumatic fever and rickets) which stimulated to create and develop this method in order to face all these pathologies.

Their knowledge, experience and practices in martial arts, bodybuilding and especially yoga were of great importance to be able to develop the known pilates method that combines much of all these disciplines. Part of yoga and martial arts, Joseph Pilates incorporated elements of the ancient Greek methods, Roman methods, and dance to finish perfecting his own technique.In 1926 Joseph Pilates and his wife are installed in New York where they perfeccionandoo and carried out his method. At the outbreak of the first world war, Joseph Pilates takes this opportunity to transform a former bed of hospital adapting it for support of the method, thus was born the first apparatus to its use as an adjunct of the Pilates method.

During his stay in New York Pilates attracts people on the street to disseminate his technique as a method of rehabilitation and conditioning. On the other hand and in a very subtle way (in secret), Joseph Pilates also disseminated is method in the balets tube where a large home thanks to the

Benefits of Pilates

-Increases bone density (preventing and improving osteoporosis.)

-Tones, tightens, models and strengthens the muscles without taking volume.

-Create a more stylized figure.

-Provides flexibility and balance.

-Improves mood, reduces stress, and benefits the general State of health.

-Fixed contractures and postural problems.

-It creates a body more harmonious, firm and with more resistance.

-Improves elongation and joint mobility.

-Strengthens the abdominal muscles.

-Optimizes the performance of athletes and dancers.

-It increases muscle strength and contractile metabolic capacity.

-Prevents injuries.

-Rejuvenates and revitalizes

-Eliminates the tension of the neck and shoulders

-Stretches, strengthens and lengthens the legs

-It reduces the stress and tensions

Principles of the Pilates
Concentration: The concentration is essential in all exercises for body awareness, coordinating body and mind effectively.
Control: Concentration and control are directly related, the concentration leads to total control of our body. The conscious control of our brain prevents uncontrolled movements that can cause injury and improves coordination and agility of the body.
This principle holds that the body control part of an area called "Centre of power" or powerhouse in English, it is located the center of the body's energy in the region of the abdominal muscles, the pelvic girdle, the lumbar spine and buttocks. The strengthening of this Centre, origin of all movement, helps to hold the column and the internal, at the same time bodies that stretch the body and improves posture.
Any movement or exercise has its specific purpose, and they have specific movement premises which must be carried out with accuracy to be effective. Every detail is important and it should pay special attention to proper alignment of the body, making the exercises required in a conscious way.
Pilates each exercise has a momentum of its own, and also has a rhythm the transition between a period and another, these rhythms should be respected to avoid stiffness and sudden movements.
The accuracy and fluency are coordinated with a specific breathing
For who is Pilates indicated?
The Pilates method is suitable for everyone, both for those that are introduced for the first time in physical activity, for those seeking the improvement of movement (such as scenic artists or high level athletes) whether young people, elders, persons engaged in some other sport or which lead a more sedentary life.

It is highly recommended for people who are undergoing rehabilitation or who have suffered an injury (Pilates is completely integrated into rehabilitation programmes in the US and UK in such a way that many physical therapists apply this technique, in combination with others, to treat their patients), as well as for all those who suffer from back problems and seek a preventive activity.

However, so that the practice of this method is valid and effective it is essential that it is done under the supervision of a qualified professional in this technique for that is the only way to ensure that the exercises are carried out correctly by avoiding unnecessary injuries and to obtain optimal results.

In order to benefit from the effects of the method is recommended to conduct at least two sessions per week, whether they are individual or in a group. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour.

Results of Practicing Pilates
Through breathing and concentration is achieved a State of overall relaxation thereby eliminating stress and muscle tensions and rigidities.

Increases flexibility, agility, the sense of balance and improves the coordination of movements.

Get a good muscle tone strengthening and bracing the body without increasing muscle and thereby getting styling figure.

It brings great vitality and strength allowing to minimize the effort to perform heavier everyday tasks or any other type of sport.

Improve postural alignment and corrects bad posture habits.

By integrating mind-body manages to improve self-esteem and knowledge of the own body.

It allows to prevent and rehabilitate injuries of the muscle-skeletal system.

Pilates and Golf
Strengthening of the Power House because balancing is necessary for a uniform swing and will help to stabilize the spine, what will prevent injuries.

It minimizes the risk of lower back injury improving postural habits in this area in particular and the rest of the body in general through specific stabilization and abdominal strengthening exercises.

Improvement of the shortening isquiotibial through exercises for mobility and flexibility carefully inserted into the program.

Increase in muscle strength in the legs, strengthening to prevent fatigue.

Improving the rotation of the torso and hips flexibility and scapular area to generate more energy and consequently achieve greater power.

Strengthening at the level of extremities (hand and forearm), and specifically the wrist (transmitter of energy at the time of the impact, strengthening the arm from the shoulder joint to the articulation of the wrist.)

Correction of muscle imbalances, resulting in injuries. The weakest area exercise to offset the imbalances created in the game of golf.


Swing: to analyze the most important movements in golf, see how the body works and how a specific programme of Pilates substantially improves his game. A high degree of rotation requires strength and control in shoulder, dorsal zone, arms and espa