What is Pilates?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method “Contrology” and presented it as the art of controlled movements. If practiced consistently, on apparatus or mats. improvement will occur in: flexibility, strength, control, endurance, performance, and core development. The Pilates Method places emphasis on: alignment, breath, core strength, coordination, balance, whole body movement, centering, and control. Pilates is great for elongation, toning, digestion, circulation, mental and physical rejuvenation.

Pilates is known for core strength, which is often called the “powerhouse,” it includes the muscles of the abdomen, back, hips, and buttocks and is the key to stability. The “powerhouse” ignites every movement, the exercises are sequential, require balance, and control. The practice is a mind-body workout, focusing on breathe, alignment and concentration of flowing movement.

“Above all learn how to breathe correctly.” –JP

Joseph Pilates developed“Contrology”based on his philosophy, of the minds control of the body. (mind being in control of the body.)

The practice is rarely called “Contrology” in the 21stcentury; the practice is called Pilates, termed after JP himself.

“Contrology beings with mind control over muscles.”  -JP

Pilates is based on a philosophical foundation, taking decades for the development of the practice, JP continued to create new pieces of apparatuses throughout his life. He believed that our modern lifestyle, posture, and inefficient breathing, were the roots of poor health. Pilates was inspired by the classical Greek ideal of a man is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit.

“Physical Fitness is the first requisite of happiness” –JP

JP incorporated his practice during WW1; he insisted that everyone in his cellblock participated in his daily exercises routine. The injured soldiers that could not get out of bed were using bedsprings connected to the head and footboard to exercise; these were the forerunners of the apparatuses used today. During the great flu epidemic of 1918, not a single solider died under his care. After the WW1 JP emigrated to the United States, meeting his wife and lifelong teaching partner Clara, on the boat to New York City. Together they opened the first Contrology Studio on Eight Avenue at 56thStreet in Manhattan, New York. He went on to write two books; Pilates: Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health. He continued to teach his method over the years with many beloved followers. Joseph Pilates died on October 9, 1967 in New York City at the age of 84. His students, now Masters, went on to open their own studio. Today Pilates is practice and loved worldwide.

Over the last year, Your Pilates and Stretch Studio has undergone some major changes. Firstly, we relocated to our current space on E. Hospital St. back in November 2017. That move allowed for some really fabulous changes. This exquisite building, a true Historic Landmark of Nacogdoches, has such sophistication. Without tarnishing or disrespecting the once, Continental Trailways Bus Station’s exterior, we were able to make just a couple cosmetic changes, during our reconstruction, in late March 2018. Those changes were limited only to that which was made within the interior walls of the building.  In doing so, this has allowed Elena’s hopes and dreams to come to fruition. She is now able to service more clients efficiently due to the expansion of our studio & the purchase of more Pilates equipment & apparatuses.

There are now 7 Reformers & 7 Wunda Chairs in the building now.  Don’t worry, The Cadillac, Spring Board, Ladder Barrel, Ped-O-Pull, Spine Corrector, Foot Corrector, and many other Pilates accessories are still among our original inventory. Being the first studio to offer Stretch Therapy and Pilates with apparatuses in Nacogdoches, really sets Stretch ER ahead of the rest. We take great pride in knowing we are able to meet our Hometown community’s needs.

Benefits of Pilates

Improves flexibility
Increases muscle strength and tone
Improves breathing
Improves posture
Teaches control physically and mentally
Promotes body awareness
Reinforces strong, mobile joints
Conditions the whole body
Improves aerobic capacity
Improves balance










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 Class Description



Designed to instill proper body mechanics for your “issue”. ANYONE AND EVERYONE is welcome, this class will teach you to protect yourself and your issue in and outside of Pilates.



New to Pilates? This slower paced class will focus on the Pilates fundamentals reiterates common Pilates vocabulary, and gives an environment to learn how to hold your body throughout life and rehabilitate alignments.



Basic Mat Pilates is a great introduction to Pilates for beginners. Mat class is spurred off of the original 34 Pilates mat exercises, when done with focus and precision is a full body workout.



The Pilates approach will teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor in a safe way, gearing you up for the weight of building babies, the stresses of labor, and getting it all back together. Let us help you in this magical time!



Release years of connective tissue. Let us talk you through the magic of a stretch journey. We use multiple apparatus to assist in traction and advancement in flexibility.



Barre brings you Ballet inspired moves with Pilates fundamentals using elements of dance, stretching, and FUN. Incorporating a barre, some Pilates apparatuses, small weights, and an assortment of balls. We’ll focus on whittling the core and elongating the body.



Pilates in its truest form, focusing on mind, body, and spirit. Classical Pilates classes are done in sequential order experiencing full range of motion while strengthening the core.  



This uplifting class will focus on strength, balance and stability, as it creates dynamic challenges to elevate your practice. Class focuses on a steady flow and proper body posture. The original Pilates method at its finest!



This class is ideal for the Pilates “Junkie” who’s Jones-ing for more! This high paced class utilizes various pieces of Pilates apparatuses. Expect to be brought out of your comfort zone & into new Pilates territory!



A fun, approach to practice Pilates, expect traditional exercises with a fun twist. Geared at a moderate pace, using all Pilates apparatuses. Designed to be ever changing, challenging, and rad!


1 Pilates Class $35

5 Class Pass $145

10 Class Pass $275


Pilates 6 months Membership

4 Times a Charm  $110


8 Times a Charm  $220 

Unlimited Charm  $400


Contract Rules

  • Must use classes in the month with no roll over classes from previous month
  • All classes must be used by individual whom contract is with, can’t give classes to another person.
  • Late Cancels will lose the class credit. No exceptions. 12-hour notice to avoid a late cancel. Cancel from Mindbody app.
  • Valid MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover must be on file for all active accounts.
  • We are not responsible for any bank overdraft fees that may occur from late fees.
  • You will be charged an insufficient funds fee of $30 in addition to your Monthly dues.
  • Clients are expected to keep their credit card on file up-to-date to avoid any disruption in membership privileges. This can be done in-studio or through email that shows your card will be expiring.
  • Each monthly payment is non-refundable.
  • Stretch ER reserves the right to terminate or deny membership for an indeterminate amount of time.
  • Contracts are for 6 months and auto renewing.
  • Prices are subject to change.
  • $200 cancellation fee if cancelled prior to contract ending. Must cancel prior to being charged the monthly fee.






Cancellation Policy

Notice Required

If an individual is unable to cancel before the 12 HR period
He or She will be responsible for the costs associated with the service.
 If you should have trouble cancelling a service or if you have any questions, contact Stretch ER Studio.


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