Grace and Control Pilates
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Joseph Hubertus Pilates and The Pilates Method
WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is a truly unique exercise program that was developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer Joseph Pilates. It focuses on improving strength and flexibility throughout the entire body without building bulk.

It engages the whole body and mind, and is performed on specially designed equipment that deeply strengthens the spine and abdominal muscles. Pilates emphasizes body alignment and correct breathing by using the abdomen, lower back and buttocks as a power center, enabling the rest of the body to move freely. When done consistently, Pilates can improve your strength, flexibility, coordination and posture - resulting in a body with long, lean, defined muscles along with a flat stomach, strong back and energy to match.



WHO WAS JOSEPH H. PILATES?

Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph Pilates was a sickly child. In an effort to develop his frail body, he began to study yoga, martial arts, and ancient Greek & Roman physical regimes. These years of study formed his lifelong interest in body conditioning and physical culture and led him to become an accomplished skier, diver, gymnast and boxer.

During WWI Joseph was interned in England for holding German citizenship. Working as a nurse he devised ingenious exercise equipment using springs attached to hospital beds which could be used by immobilized patients struck with war injuries and diseases. These experiments with resistance training became the foundation of the Pilates Method, and the bed with springs the basis for the design of the Universal Reformer.

 


In 1926 Joseph emigrated to the United States and opened his first studio in New York City. The dance community quickly embraced his method, and choreographers like Balanchine sent their dancers to Pilates for injury prevention and rehabilitation.


Physical fitness had been Joseph Pilates' lifelong passion. He considered his method of body conditioning, which he called "Contrology", to be a way of life. Today we know the method by his last name - a fitting tribute to his life and legacy. He was immensely ahead of his time in his innate understanding of human muscle-skeletal function. His unique regimen, mostly unknown to the general public until 20 years after his death, is now one of the fastest growing in the world. Why? Because it works for every body!

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