About Pilates

Pilates physical fitness system

The Pilates Method is a physical fitness system developed in the early twentieth century by Joseph H. Pilates. The program is focused on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.

Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born on December 9, 1883 in Germany. On a quest to overcome his many childhood ailments, Joseph Pilates developed a zealous interest in movement and exercise, ranging from yoga to boxing.

At the onset of WW1, Joseph Pilates was interned with other German citizens on the Isle of Man. It was there that he created the foundation of his legacy. He later referred to his work as Contrology.

Pilates returned to Germany after the war, but then immigrated to the United States in 1926. Along the way he met his wife, Clara, and they settled in NYC to open their studio at 939 8th Ave. George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet,quickly became a student of Contrology and contributing to the proliferation of the Pilates technique into the dance world.

Joseph Pilates continued to train clients until his death in 1967. Since he did not leave a willor the rights to carry on the Pilates name, the continuation of his work became the responsibility of the first generation of instructors respectfully referred to as, “The Elders”: Eve Gentry, Kathy Grant, Romana Kryzanowska, Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher, Carola Trier, Jay Grimes, Brue King and Lolita San Miguel. His work continues to inspire individuals to strive for uniform development ofthe body and mind. Joseph Pilates oftenmentioned that he was ahead of his time. We are thankful for his significant contributions to improve overall health wellness.

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