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Purifying Pilates

The Peninsula's most personalized Pilates Studio

Start your Pilates journey here!

 Purifying Pilates is a contemporary Pilates Studio in Downtown San Mateo, focusing on individual client needs...offering Private Instruction, Group Reformer and Jumpboard Classes We also offer a Comprehensive Teacher Training and Apprentice Program, and we are an official SmartSpine© Academy Studio.

We offer a variety of training options 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. 
Many of our clients find a combination of private training and group classes each week to be the ideal option. The optimal program for your physical and financial 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 the 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. 
Private Session Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
          (by appointment)             Friday-Saturday:  9am-3pm

“…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







Most of us have muscular asymmetry in our bodies just because of handedness and gravity. Lifestyles, sitting at a computer or sports you might play, such as golf or tennis, create increased muscular imbalances. Scoliosis or an injury or accident also create imbalances that quite often result in pain. Pilates is the ideal approach to balancing these asymmetries. We specialize in exercises for posture, scoliosis and post- injury rehabilitation, as well as in sports and dance conditioning.


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