Best of Boston

2001 Best Pilates

Kathryn Van Patten, Boston Bodyworks Studio

Do you know if your left scapula juts out farther than your right, or if your right hip rides higher than your left? Kathryn Van Patten will know. While many Pilates instructors drag their clients straight to the “Cadillac” or the “Reformer,” Van Patten—an ex-ballerina with top-level certification—does a complete body check to see how she can balance out all your “idiosyncracies.” Then she drags you to the Cadillac and the Reformer. of all? Her studio is in a beautifully appointed Beacon Hill townhouse.

12 Joy St., Boston, 617-723-8090,