Two Locations

Pilates Plus RVA:
5407 Patterson Ave | Suite 200A

Pilates Plus West End:
1404 Starling Dr | Studio 1

About us.

Pilates Plus: Building a body that supports you.

Pilates is a type of exercise, but the real change happens when it becomes a pattern of movement. Pilates can integrate into your life–how you move throughout the day, balance, ease of movement, and movement without pain. The goal of Pilates Plus is to become a part of your weekly routine that you look forward to. You will see your Pilates instructor at least once a week so it’s important that we get to know you and what your body needs.


2023 News & Updates

Come see the benefits of a private hour physical therapy session.
Manual work and exercises specific to your body are included. Many clinics require PTs to see several patients at a time and clients complain about counting exercises for an hour. Not at Pilates Plus! It is just you and your PT for an hour brainstorming how to help your body move and feel better.

How to Get Started

Contact our owner, Dara Galasso.

We Take Care of Everything For You!

There is no online booking or keeping up with packages.
All clients are required to have a credit card on file, and we handle the rest for you.

Let’s find the best instructor for you!


“I first met Mary Beth several years ago when she provided physical therapy for hip and back injuries. Injuries which in large were attributed to poor flexibility and inadequate core strength. She is a qualified physical therapist who holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy and is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. After successfully diagnosing and treating these ailments Mary Beth suggested adding Pilates to my exercise regimen to increase overall flexibility and core strength which are key components to overall fitness.

Although active, and being in what I thought was reasonable shape, I was surprised at how challenging Pilates was. It became readily apparent that I had several areas of weakness causing other muscles to overcompensate, which was the source of frequent injuries.

In the three years that I have been attending Pilates classes with Mary Beth I have seen a marked increase in both overall flexibility and core strength and a significant decrease in hip and back issues.

The pairing of her knowledge of kinesiology and Pilates allows her to structure workouts based on your individual needs. Every class is challenging and enjoyable and Mary Beth’s enthusiasm and genuine interest motivates you to give your best effort to achieve maximum benefit. I highly recommend anyone who wants to treat or prevent injuries, or just increase their overall level of fitness begin regular sessions with Mary Beth.”

“I’ve been seeing Dara in private sessions for the past three years. As a 65-year-old woman with scoliosis and spinal arthritis, it’s imperative that I keep myself flexible. I’m not someone who’ll do an hour of stretching or Pilates mat work on my own.

When I miss a weekly session, I feel the stiffness in my body – so my hour with Dara is a gift I give myself. She’s great at adjusting and adapting each session based on my progress, energy level, and needs.”

“After several years of unsuccessfully trying to find an exercise routine I could stick with, I ended up one Sunday afternoon at an Intro to Pilates class. That was all it took! I’ve been attending Pilates classes twice a week ever since. After three months and 24 classes I could tell that:

  • I was stronger
  • My posture improved
  • My balance was better

All this and I hadn’t gotten bored or discouraged and given up. I give credit for my success to my instructor, Dara, who keeps classes interesting, challenging and fun.

I recommend Pilates to anyone wanting to improve general physical strength and posture.”

“Pilates has opened up a new chapter in my life!

I have always wanted to strengthen my body, especially my core, so I can continue to be as flexible as possible. Dara has encouraged me to go beyond what I thought my body could do. She gets as excited as I do when I accomplish a movement that I never thought I would be able to do.

I would recommend highly both her studio and her pilates expertise. I plan to continue getting stronger and more flexible with Dara as my guide and friend!”

“I want to encourage all men and women to take a pilates class. The benefits I have received from pilates are undeniable. The flexibility, mobility, balance, strength and core stabilization I have gained are incredible.”