Pilates is a movement system designed to re-balance muscles and bring the body back into ideal alignment and function.
The equipment and repertoire is unique to Pilates and provides a variety of training ranging from foundation and rehabilitation to challenging advanced work.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 and grew up a sickly child. Through determination and his own training, he developed his strength and became an accomplished athlete including gymnastics, boxing, and skiing.
Pilates was living in England when WW1 broke out, and was interned in a war camp. During that time, he did physical rehabilitation and training with injured men while they were lying in their hospital beds. It was noticed that the rates of recovery were much faster than average. It was also at this time that a major breakout of influenza killed millions in Europe, yet miraculously affected no one in Pilates’ camp and this was attributed to his training!
He returned to Germany for a while, but immigrated to the United States before WW2. It was on the ship over that he met his wife to be, Clara. Upon reaching New York, he opened his first ‘Contrology’ studio, which was frequented by many dancers and athletes.
Joseph Pilates died in 1967 at the age of 87. His work has been continued and developed over the years by his many followers and has become accessible not only to athletes and dancers, but to anyone wanting to enhance their
posture, strength, flexibility, and well-being.