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ABSolute Pilates is a classical Pilates studio that offers one-on-one private sessions, duets,  group equipment, mat and barre classes.

Are you completely new to Pilates? Welcome, you have just taken your first step on an amazing journey. Absolute Pilates is here to help you get the most out of your Pilates experience — your goals and specific needs. It does not matter what skill level you possess when you walk through the door. We will focus on your body’s needs as the exercises strengthen, stretch, and lengthen your body. We are eager to adapt our extensive knowledge of movement and the pilates method, to help you achieve profound results.

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To schedule a private or duet appointment, please book appointments online. If you do not see a time or location that works for you please feel free to email or call 717-585-2592.

As a newcomer to Absolute Pilates, we welcome you to take advantage of our introductory package of three private lessons for $120. If you have any difficulty please feel free to email or call 717-585-2592.

In your first lessons, you will learn the movement fundamentals of Pilates, and you will progress at your own pace. If needed exercises can be modified to accommodate any pre-existing injury, recovery from surgery, or movement limitation you may have.



Walking into a Pilates studio for the first time can be down right scary.  A quick look around and you will see a variety of odd-looking contraptions that you will rightly assume are “Pilates machines”, but may also imagine they are torture devices. You most likely do not so imagine how your body could actually engage with them.

Not to worry, Pilates is a very professional, client centered practice. No matter what studio you visit, a friendly and knowledgeable team member will help you along your journey.

Arrive ten minutes early at least for your first appointment at Absolute Pilates to allow time to complete your intake form if you have not booked online. If you book online you filled out our form in Wellness Living. We can not wait to help you on your pilates journey!



We have a 24-hour cancellation policy for all private sessions. If you do not cancel in the window you will be charged for your session.

We have a 6-hour cancellation policy for all group classes. For those clients with unlimited packages, you will be charged a $10 late cancellation fee to your credit card on file for missing your session.

We have a snow policy if the roads are actually bad you will not be charged for a late cancel. Please wait until close to class time to see how the conditions are doing. You must let the studio know you are not coming. We may have arranged for another instructor to cover sessions.

Wait-list Policy

People on the waitlist are moved into class as spaces open up. Up to the set lower limit of clients in a class (4 for reformer and group equipment, 8 for mat/barre) the system moves people in automatically. If there is room for more people (for example, when extra chairs or towers are available for a group class) we move people in by hand as soon as we notice an opening. When you are moved into class the system sends an automated message to the email you provided. If you opt out of receiving emails in Wellness Living, you will NOT receive these notices. Movement from waitlists is in chronological order based on how long you have been on the list. We assume that if you are on the list you still want to attend, so if your plans change, please remove yourself from the waitlist. Also, there is a possibility that you will be moved into a morning class after the last time you check your e-mail the day before. Should you be unable to make it to class under those circumstances, or if you know you need more than 6 hours notice to attend, please remove yourself from the waitlist the last time you check your e-mail to see if you got in, this includes the last time you check before bed, please.

Is Pilates Weight Training? Is it better than weight training?

Pilates apparatus uses springs that provide resistance. Pilates is not pure weight training, it also offers flexibility. The springs offer what’s called progressive resistance. That means that the further you stretch them, the harder you’re working. Springs provide flowing, effective stretching simultaneous to strengthening. Plus, it’s easier to take springs safely through multiple planes of motion. Try it out – you’ll be surprised at the results you can get, and how quickly you can see results. If you compare the Pilates apparatus to weight machines, you’ll work harder on the apparatus since you have to stabilize your body, just like you would in everyday life. Weight machines do all of the stabilizing for you.

Is Pilates cardio?

Jump board is definitely cardio. The other classes are steady and will get you blood flowing but are not like going for a jog. Sadly cardio is a necessary evil. Allison loves running! The rest of the staff loves jump board. We also have a cardio barre class to take your barre training to the next level.

My doctor/chiropractor/PT/friend told me to try Pilates to help with back pain.

In most cases, yes. However, back pain can have numerous causes, some of them very serious and any exercise could worsen pain. We require you to let your teacher know what is going on with your body. Serious back pain issues is often best handled in private sessions, at least initially.

Our group classes are focused more on fitness than rehab. Our teachers will make sure you work the core and emphasize stabilizing through the pelvic and shoulder girdles, which can fix a lot of aches and pains. Most of our classes are appropriate for all fitness levels, and our teachers offer modifications to make exercises easier or more difficult. We ask you to take responsibility for your body and not work past the level where you need to be for your condition. All of our staff is traditionally and comprehensively trained as Pilates instructors. Many of us have pursued continuing education in different special populations and injuries

I HAVE A PRE-EXISTING INJURY. Is Pilates a good idea?

Pilates is excellent and safe for someone in physical therapy. It is a system of body conditioning that is both gentle and athletic, known for its “feel good” and body transforming results. All classes are customized to meet our clients’ needs, we take extra care to ensure that our student’s individual health goals and concerns are addressed

How Often Should I Do Pilates?

It depends on the results you want to achieve and how quickly you would like to achieve them. The more often you work out, the quicker you see and feel improvement. Joe recommended clients do pilates 4 times a week. We are aware that for most people this can be challenging, so we will work with you to identify the ideal number of classes per week that will help you achieve your health goals. Most of our clients do Pilates 2-3 per week. Once a week is beneficial, but results will be slower, unless you are also practicing at home.


Dress comfortably so that your movement is not restricted, but try not to wear clothing that is too loose fitting. It is important that the instructor be able to observe your body as you move. You will not need your shoes upon arrival, pilates exercises are done barefoot, or you can wear special toe socks, if you prefer.

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