Our vision is to provide Classical Pilates to our clients and take great pride in our team of instructors, suite of equipment and classes that have been developed for you.

History of pilates

Classical Pilates is the only form of Pilates that remains true to the original exercises and philosophy as founded by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago. Elements of the disciplines he practised such as boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, skiing, self-defence, dance, weightlifting, circus training can be found in his work. He studied, trained and selected the most effective aspects from each to develop the Pilates Method called Contrology.

Joseph spent years questioning and challenging the status quo as the link between happiness, health and fitness, becoming his passion - truly a visionary and ahead of his time. The fitness industry is only now catching up as we choose more and more to work out intelligently.

His exercises take you through all ranges of movement and, as you develop, you are continually challenged with new exercises, new apparatus and new experiences. You will develop both in mind and body making the Pilates benefits far reaching and available to everybody.

JOSEPH PILATEs & Romana Kryzanowska

Joseph Hubertus Pilates (B. 1883 - D. 1967) was a German physical trainer, and notable for having invented and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness. Pilates came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. From the 1920s onwards he devised a series of exercises and training techniques, and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly.

Romana Kryzanowska (B. 1923 - D. 2013) was a trained ballerina who, after an ankle injury, was referred to Joseph Pilates' studio. She took on the task of running the studio after Pilates died in 1967. Formalised a teacher training program and issued certificated in 1987. Her life played out as an unwavering commitment to learning the technique and subsequently, teaching it to willing participants and instructors all over the world.


The ArrowPilates' instructors have a clear lineage back to Joseph Pilates, via Romana Kryzanowska. The training program, Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI), set up and owned by Olga Tamara in Sydney - Australia, is a direct result of the work Olga did with Romana. Principal teacher of the APEI Method in New Zealand, Katie Agnew, has also been certified by Romana and is running the teacher training program from her Auckland studio.


The program consists of a minimum of 600 hours training, observing and teaching at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced level, on all apparatus and for all abilities. The teachers working at ArrowPilates have all been certified by APEI or are apprentices of the training program.


Passionate. Genuine. Exceptional. Involved.


We love to do Pilates ourselves. When we travel (or when we can travel again), we like to visit a local outstanding Authentic Pilates studio and or teacher. Here are some of our favourites: