What It’s All About

Pilates is based on six main principles: concentration, precision, control, centering, breath and flow. At Evolution Studio we take all these principles into account as we work to challenge, change and balance your body. With a classically trained instructor who continues to grow through training and self-practice, you will be in good hands as you begin or deepen your Pilates practice.

With regular practice you will see changes in posture, ease of movement, muscle tone, coordination and balance. Joseph Pilates once said "In 10 sessions you will feel a difference. In 20 sessions you will see the difference. And in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body." Let me guide you on your journey through Pilates. You will not regret it.

What is Pilates?

Pilates, in definition, is an exercise regimen that is typically performed on a floor mat or with the use of specialized apparatus and aims to improve flexibility and stability by strengthening the muscles and especially the torso-stabilizing muscles of the abdomen and lower back. It is based on 6 defining principles:

  • Balance
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flow
  • Concentration
  • Breath

In combination, these 6 principles allow the body to gain strength and stability while stimulating balanced muscle development. The principles of breath and flow specifically allow the mind and body to connect so that one can feel centered and relaxed even while performing vigorous exercise.

So, Who Can Benefit from Pilates?

The answer? Everybody! One of the amazing things about Pilates is that it can benefit a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women who are pregnant or post-partum, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation. Exercise modification is the key to Pilates success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenge a person at any level.

Some of the benefits that can be achieved by beginning a regular Pilates practice include:

  • Improved strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Core strength and stability
  • Better posture
  • Efficient movement through activities of daily living
  • Deeper breathing
  • A more relaxed overall state

Flat abs, better posture, and balanced muscularity are a natural result of delving deeply into the principles that Joseph Pilates based his exercise philosophy. He worked with the body as a whole, healing himself and his clients through movement.

Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. As you develop your core strength you will develop stability throughout your entire trunk. For those suffering from back pain, this is a Godsend. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently. Pilates exercises are designed to make sure the spine is well-supported by the core and works to improve alignment of all the bones in the body.


Pilates is efficient. In a one-hour session you will target every muscle group. Every session is designed to work on flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation so you leave your workout with a balanced and centered feeling. The abs are strengthened, but they are also trained to work together in the context of an integrated body.

The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity of exercise. Joseph Pilates felt that doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine or could achieve doing an exercise sloppily over and over again.

Core strength and torso stability, along with the six Pilates principles, set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. How a body moves, not just in the studio or gym, but in daily life, is one of the most important and unique aspects of Pilates training. For Joseph Pilates, the goal was to provide a method of training that would allow the body to do what is asked of it with grace, ease, and efficiency while supporting activities of daily life. Such a body must be both strong and flexible, centered and balanced. A uniformly developed, Pilates body is a beautiful thing to behold

The Pilates Method of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. While being held in an internment camp during the war, Pilates used his exercises to rehabilitate other prisoners of war being held there. Later, after he travelled to the United States, he increasingly used his Method to work with a wider range of clients including dancers and others looking to increase their level of fitness or rehabilitate from injury. His work has been kept alive over the years by a small group of his devoted students. Over the more recent decades, Pilates has gained popularity and its true genius has been exposed to an even larger population. Today we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the classical exercises that Joseph Pilates created in a world where being balanced, centered and living with grace and ease is as important as ever before.

Your First Session

Welcome to the studio!

I am so honored that you chose Evolution Studio to begin or continue your Pilates journey. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

When you Arrive
  • On your first session please arrive at the studio 15 minutes early in order to fill out appropriate paperwork and get acquainted with the studio.
  • There are hooks outside the studio for you to hang your personal items or you are welcome to bring them in with you to your session (please turn volume on cell phone off).
  • There are bathrooms located right at the top of the stairs in front of the main door.
  • Your session will be held in the studio to the right of the main door.
What to Bring
Water, a towel and a smile! Waters and other beverages and snacks are available for purchase in the studio in case you have forgotten yours.
What to Wear
Please come wearing workout attire. This can be anything you are comfortable in that allows for ease of movement as you exercise. We advise if you will be wearing shorts to make sure they are form fitting because in some positions during your session they may ride up if loose. Please also bring a pair of grippy socks with you. If you do not own any, there are some available for purchase at the studio.
What will happen during the session
We will begin your first session with a chat about your goals, your current fitness regimen, any current or past injuries/surgeries etc., and any other concerns or thoughts you may have. From there we will begin with some basic Pilates exercises to get you warmed up and acquainted with the equipment. We will go through a classical Pilates routine and discuss key points of Pilates and how it can benefit you specifically. I hope you leave your first session feeling invigorated, toned (maybe a little sweaty) and excited for to come back!

Packages

In Person and Virtual

At Evolution Studio LLC we realize that you may have different needs at different times in your Pilates journey. To best suit your needs, you may choose from the following packages.

Introductory Package
If you are just beginning your Pilates journey, we recommend a Private Introductory course, which is 3 sessions. This is where you’ll learn about the equipment, and how your body reacts to using it in a variety of ways. You’ll also learn how to make safe modifications to exercises, to suit your comfort level and ability.
Single Private Sessions (In Person or Virtual)
5-Pack of Private Sessions (In Person or Virtual)
10-pack of Private Sessions (In Person or Virtual)
Each session will include a warm-up and cool down specific to each clients’ needs. Great care will be taken to work with the client to achieve their personal goals and work with their specific bodies. Each session is approximately 55 minutes long. Virtual Sessions are conducted via Zoom in a private, secure room. The same attention to detail and corrections will be made virtually.

Contact Laura at Evolution studio at info@evolutionnj.com for additional questions about Zoom use and set-up.

  • All single private sessions expire 1-month after purchase. All 5-pack sessions expire 2-months after purchase. All 10-pack sessions expire 4-months after purchase. In order to suit the needs of the studio, sessions must be scheduled in advance. Fully schedule your lesson pack at time of purchase to receive a 5% discount off current pack. Excludes introductory offer.
  • session times are subject to availability on a first come first serve basis.

For pricing or to schedule your sessions please call 908-291-8325 or email info@evolutionnj.com

"Pilates will change your life"
Laura Donatelli

Laura has always had a passion for fitness. From a young age she's enjoyed horseback riding, karate, running and Pilates. After her first child she began her career as a fitness professional by teaching Barre and mat Pilates at a beautiful local studio.

Soon she decided that Pilates and fitness was the career that she desired. She became an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and continued her Pilates training through Balanced Body, adding Reformer and Apparatus training to her repertoire. She has trained with amazing instructors from the Pilates lineage including Marcy Schaffler, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Jessica Moss and Sylvia Byrd-Leitner. She is also a FAI Functional Aging Specialist, is TRX certified and has completed her Rollga Foam Rolling Certification.

Laura's passion is Pilates. She loves challenging the body in new innovative ways while incorporating a mind/body connection. She strives to integrate mind, body and breath in order to strengthen the muscles as well as the spirit. She feels that Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise to create a lean, long, strong and balanced body without unneeded force or injury.

Her other interests include hiking, drawing, sewing and baking. She loves spending time with her two children and husband.

Contact

Evolution Studio is located in the beautiful historic Dietz building in Flemington, NJ. Once a ballet studio, the location has beautiful natural lighting, original hardwood flooring and a quiet ambience perfectly suited to Pilates.

Evolution Studio LLC

124 Main Street
Suite 3
Flemington, NJ 08822
P: 908.291.8325
Request more information: info@evolutionnj.com

Studio Policies

General

  • Prior to any training session, a Waiver of Liability (View Here) must be filled out completely and signed.
  • Please be courteous and quiet while other sessions are in progress.
  • I kinldy ask that you turn off your cell phone before entering the studio to avoid interruptions to you and others during their sessions.
  • Please refrain from wearing scents and perfume to class.
  • Please refrain from chewing gum or using cough drops during sessions.
  • Please wear socks with grips on the bottoms during sessions for safety and cleanliness of the equipment.
  • For private sessions, equipment will be wiped down by instructor prior and after your session. For group classes and duets, wipes will be provided to you to clean the equipment you have used. The instructor will follow up with additional cleaning to insure cleanliness between sessions.
  • Equipment is not to be used unless under the guidance of your instructor during your session. Use without supervision can result in injury or damage to the equipment. Any damage incurred to self or equipment outside of a session will be the sole responsibility of the client. Amount of damage to equipment will be fairly determined by the owner of said equipment in order to restore it to full working order.

Cleaning and Health

  • Vinyl Strap and Loop Covers will be used over fabric for easy cleaning and disinfecting
  • Instructor will be fever free for at least 48 hours before entering studio.
  • Instructor will wash hands prior to and after every session.
  • Equipment will be cleaned with a new cloth and cleaning solution between each client session.
  • Instructor will wear mask if preferred by client.
  • Client may buy and bring their own props/loops/handles if they prefer. (Instructor can assist in purchasing correct items)
  • Client must be in good health and fever free for 24 hours before entering studio.
  • Client must wash hands before entering studio.

Purchasing

  • Advance payment is required to sign up for classes. Appointments can be made via phone or email to Evolution Studio LLC.
  • We accept cash, personal checks and credit cards. Please make all checks payable to Evolution Studio LLC. You will be given a receipt for every purchase. If you purchase a package, a punch card will be assigned to you and kept at the studio. After every completed session, a session will be deducted from the card.
  • We also accept payment via PayPal or Venmoupon request.
  • Private and semi-private 5-pack cards expire 4 months after activation. Private and semi-private 10-pack cards expire 7 months after activation. Special promotions and packages may have unique expiration dates. All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cancellation

  • All sessions and classes are 55 minutes sessions will begin and end promptly as scheduled to accommodate the needs of all clients and the studio schedule.
  • Regardless of arrival time, sessions will end at the scheduled time.
  • 24-hour notice of cancellation is required to avoid being charged for appointments and classes. Please cancel by calling/texting the Evolution Studio LLC phone # or contacting via email. If you wish to cancel your duet session, you must cancel via phone/email and also give your partner 24-hour notice so they may opt to either cancel or keep the scheduled appointment time and pay for a private session. Failure to do so will result in a late cancellation charge. Please see your studio director for clarification of duet policy.
  • Late cancellations and no-shows will be charged the full amount of the scheduled session. No refunds given.
  • In case of last-minute instructor illness or emergency, we will make every attempt to keep your appointment time by booking you into another instructor’s schedule. If you do not wish to exercise this option, please let your instructor know in advance so that we may contact you to cancel.
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