I recently began taking a pilates mat class with Maria Guse, my first introduction to pilates and I have been impressed and surprised by not only what a great work out it is but also by how great it appears to be for not only fitness but for realigning the body. I am recovering from a recent broken foot and was skeptical that I would be able to participate but was assured by Maria that it should not be a problem given the fact that most of the work out is done lying on the mat. Not only has the foot not been a problem, I believe that it has helped with the recuperation of the residual effects of the break and how it affected the rest of my body due to walking with a limp. Maria is also extremely knowledgable, encouraging and patient. I would not exactly call myself athletic but I have no problem keeping up with the rest of the women in the class and I am also pleasantly surprised by how great I feel after the class and how quickly I appear to be getting fit.