Pilates is a system of movement and therapeutic exercise developed over a span of 60 years by German born athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967). He was the founder of the Pilates Studio in NY and creator of the Pilates Method, which he called Contrology, "the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit".
Plagued by serious childhood illnesses, Pilates struggled to overcome his health problems by developing a strong physical and mental discipline. "Contrology" became his life's work and he continued to evolve his techniques. He developed hundreds of exercises and designed ingenious equipment to strengthen the body's powerhouse (the band of muscles that wrap around the body just below the waist) until his death in 1967.
His techniques improve strength, balance and flexibility through the coordination of breath and flowing movement, sequential exercises and precise body positioning and are practiced and perfected with mat work and equipment based on his own design specifications.
This brilliant system encourages the body to work deeply and yet naturally. In this technique, one always moves from within the frame of the body.
Each exercise is executed with the three concepts that are the
foundation of the Pilates Method: stretch, strength and control.
Simple to understand, challenging to master.
Professional dancers in their fitness programs have used his method extensively for over 50 years and many in entertainment, sports and the arts use it today. He was a friend and teacher to celebrated dancer/
choreographers such as Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. All incorporated Joe's exercises into their students' lessons.
The Pilates Method puts movement back into your life - natural, controlled, fluid, centering, precise and graceful movement.
Joseph Pilates was 50 years ahead of his generation and is at
the forefront of ours. His legend lives on.