by Barbara Dab
Once upon a time, when Nashville Pilates Company was just a dream, we talked about creating a space that was warm, inviting and had a real Nashville vibe. Little did we know when we stumbled on our space in historic Houston Station, that the surrounding area would become one of the city’s hottest spots. And last week the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood gained an even higher profile! Yep, the New York Times featured our little corner of the world in it’s “5 Places” column! (Check out the full article here.) We’re national, baby!
Many folks know that our Co-founders each hail from different places; Amy is Tennessee born and bred and I'm a quintessential L.A. girl. So it was a natural fit to locate the studio in an area that had character and a creative energy. It’s been fun to watch as more businesses move in and new buildings are renovated, all while keeping some of the gritty, ruggedness of the original factories and warehouses. And while the development has softened some of the rough edges, vestiges of the neighborhood’s beginnings remain. In our space for example, you can still see the yellow tracks in the original wood floors that carried materials around the May Hosiery factory. And according to our landlord, many of the support beams pre-date this building!
It’s this blending of old and new that embodies the practice of Pilates, as well. Pilates is definitely having it’s trend moment these days, but in reality it is a practice that is nearly 100 years old, having been invented by the late, great Joseph Pilates. Using a system of springs for resistance and one’s own body weight, Pilates can target smaller muscle groups to help build core strength and overall flexibility. These days Joseph Pilates’ primitive hospital bed springs have been refined into beautiful and efficient wood, metal and leather equipment that deliver tremendous results to people of all ages and abilities. To learn more about Joseph Pilates and the history of the practice, check out this article.