|WHO WAS JOSEPH PILATES?
Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1880
in Germany. A sickly child who devoted himself to overcome his physical
limitations, by age 14 he had mastered gymnastics, skiing and skin
diving. In 1912 he travelled to England where he worked as a circus
performer, however, at the outbreak of WW1, he was interned with
other German nationals. It was during this period of confinement
that he developed and taught fellow prisoners his series of exercises
based on a system of mind/body development. Those who performed
Pilates exercises developed a strong immune system and managed to
escape a deadly plague that killed many of the prisoners. Following
the war, Joseph Pilates returned to Germany where he continued to
develop his fitness system which he called The Art of Contrology,
referring to the way it encourages the use of the mind to control
the muscles. He immigrated to the U.S in 1923, and established The
Pilates Studio in New York, where many of his first clients came
from the world of dance. Today individuals of all levels of fitness,
who seek to develop core strength, movement, efficiency and integration
of body and mind, use Pilates.
"It is the mind itself which
builds the body."
"In 10 sessions you'll feel
the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, in 30 you'll have
a new body."
"Physical fitness is the prerequisite
(Joseph Pilates 1880 - 1967)