Machines and a mat are foundations of Pilates

EveryBODY Pilates studio is true to its name. Owner and teacher Lacie Delgado-Elia is passionate about her conviction that everyone can do Pilates, a system of exercises designed using apparatus and mat practice to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and mental awareness. Her approach to this exercise is based on the teachings of Joseph Pilates, the designer of the program.

Originally, Pilates called the exercise “Contrology.” He believed that bad posture and inefficient breathing were the roots of poor health, and with control of the body, people could achieve overall health and wellness. After moving from Germany to Great Britain during WWI, he was interned in a camp for Germans and decided to refine his exercise with the minimal equipment available. When released, he applied it to soldiers who were bedridden with war injuries. When he immigrated to the United States, he brought with him the practice that is popular today.

Most Pilates classes incorporate machines – the best-known is called the Reformer – and a mat. Emphasis is placed on the core and the spine, and the deep, inner abdominal muscles. Delgado- Elia teaches students the three factors that Joseph Pilates taught: mind, body and breath. They work together to move the body properly. “I teach a feeling,” she said. “I want people to understand their bodies, why they do what they do and how to improve.” She works with everyone, from golfers to fulltime moms to entrepreneurs. The goal of Pilates is to understand the most natural movements of the human body, and to perfect them.

Delgado-Elia wants people to understand that Pilates is more than exercise. “It truly is a way of life.”


EveryBODY Pilates & Yoga is located at 9122 Bonita Beach Road, in Sunshine Plaza. To attend a class or for more information, call 239-221-3116.

Written By: Heather Thomson