About Our Studio
Thrive Pilates is a beautiful neighborhood Pilates studio with a mission—to restore and maintain physical well-being while integrating movement education with functional activity. At Thrive, we do more than teach Pilates: we educate; we inspire; and we empower.
Whether you are just beginning your journey back to movement health or you are a professional athlete looking to up your game, we work with you to achieve your personal goals. In addition to Private and Semi-private sessions, we offer a variety of classes to meet the fitness and therapeutic needs of each client. Our instructors are extensively trained in Pilates, anatomy, biomechanics, neurological conditions and physical limitations.
We create a safe space for movement, strength building and balance to ensure proper alignment, muscle development and injury prevention.
Jessica Gradhandt opened Pilates at Thrive LLC in 2009 as the result of a shared vision with Jody Thatcher PT, the owner of the physical therapy branch of Thrive. The studio was born from the idea that Pilates and physical therapy are a powerful pair and that rehabilitation, movement education, and fitness all belong under the same roof.
The vision proved true and within two years, the business expanded in both arenas. Today, the physical therapy and Pilates branches live in separate spaces, though still side-by-side under the same roof.
Our continued growth hasn’t steered us away from our original roots; Thrive is a community. We strive to provide a warm, welcoming environment for everyone and continue to stay dedicated to our original mission of providing a personalized and positive movement experience.
"Their staff of experienced instructors will work with you to determine what's right for your body but will also push you to expand out of your comfort zone as your strength and agility improve."
~ Greg P.
What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method, founded by Joseph H. and Clara Pilates in the 1920s, is based on a unique and proven philosophy of fitness that incorporates a precise and highly refined approach to teaching movement. The Pilates method enhances the strength and vitality of the participant, and is centered around key concepts which include: Balance, Concentration, Precision, Control, Flowing Movement, Breath, Centering and Awareness.
The method consists of floor exercises (called Mat work) and exercises on specialized Pilates equipment. The exercises are designed to uniformly strengthen the entire body, training several muscles at once so that no muscle group is over or under-trained. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured and better able to move efficiently.
Pilates is a safe, body-friendly exercise method that allows for various modifications to accommodate any type of condition. Quality of movement is emphasized over quantity to leave you energized and balanced after a session, not tired and sore.