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Purifying Pilates

The Peninsula's most personalized Pilates Studio

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   New for 2016! MELT Hand and Foot Treatment : Intro Classes and 4 Session Series Classes

Purifying Pilates is a contemporary Pilates Studio in Downtown San Mateo, focusing on individual client needs...offering Private Instruction, Group Reformer, Jumpboard and Circuit Classes. In 2016 we have added MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Classes--the perfect addition to Pilates, MELT directly treats your fascial system. We also offer a Comprehensive Teacher Training and Apprentice Program, and we are an official SmartSpine© Academy Studio.

We offer training for all levels of physical ability--from the "never exercise" or rehabilitating an injury to the aspiring or professional dancer or athlete. Our teachers all specialize in a therapeudic approach to Pilates, and in Fascial Oriented Training. The SmartSpine© System of products created by our mentor, Marie-Jose Blom, assist in aligning the spine, training the fascial web, and releasing tight tissues. After your first session, you will feel lengthened, released, and invigorated, and most often, a reduction in pain. 
The optimal program for your physical needs will be designed for you at your Initial Personal Assessment.  


What is Pilates?! Pilates is and always has been more than just exercise. It is whole-body conditioning, based on the coordination of breathing and movement, a strong "core cylinder" of muscles to support the spine and  a body/mind connection. Joseph Pilates was decades ahead of his time in his theories of core strength, spinal mobility and centered, whole body movement. We have the added benefit of scientific research to enhance Joe's work, orignally called Contrology. Through breath and controlled, thoughtful movement, Pilates is truly a path to wellness and vitality.  Exercises are performed on the mat and on various pieces of equipment with springs for resistance. This is an optimal environment to strengthen and stretch muscles, and to train fascia. The result is elongated, elastic, stronger, muscles that are more resistant to injury, and a well- balanced and centered body. Better posture and balance, increased range of motion, and reduced pain are just a few of the many benefits of Pilates. 

“…Two years ago I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and was put in a back brace. The doctors recommended several different types of exercise to help lessen my curve. On that list was Pilates, so I began my search for a studio that could cater to my back and lifestyle. That’s when I found Purifying Pilates. The trainers knew exactly what I was going through and almost always know how to straighten me out. After every session I feel taller, straighter and in balance. Because Pilates focuses on the core muscles, I and my parents have noticed a definite improvement in my back…”
-Danielle, 20

 “…Three months ago when I walked into the studio I had just gone through major back surgery, including Laminectomy, Discectomy and Sequestrectomy, all at one time. This is all a lot of fancy lingo for not being able to lift either foot high enough to walk stairs and having loss of feeling in my legs from nerve damage after the operation. Thanks to Rene I am pain free and walking stairs with ease…”
-Joel, 48

"Physical therapy for poor posture aggaravated an old back injury, and I was in constant pain. The therapist suggested Pilates, and the results are truly amazing. Rene Morlaes' expertise in adapting Pilates to my needs has eliminated my pain , and I can once again swing a golf club. And friends actually say I look taller!"
--Karen, age 55







Life is dehydrating to your Fascial, or Connective Tissue System. Sitting at a computer, repetitive movements (running, sports), age, injury and surgery, all dehydrate your fascial system. MELT Hand and Foot Treatments rehydrate your entire system, reducing chronic pain and reversing the aging process. Try a MELT Hand and Foot Intro Class and take one of our 4 Session Series of classes to learn the techniques--and learn the 50 Second Facelift!


Pilates unites the Body and Mind, creating a well balanced, centered, strengthened whole being. 

                          315 2nd Avenue | San Mateo, Ca 94401| Phone: (650) 573-9522
                                            Email: info@purifyingpilates.com