Pilates is used for fitness, general health injury rehabilitation postural awareness and core strength. Pilates can offer something for everyone and it’s low impact nature means it can be enjoyed by anyone, at any age.
There are six principals of Pilates – they are: Breathing, Control, Concentration, Precision, Centering, Co-ordination and flowing movement.
A Brief History of Joseph Pilates
Joseph Pilates was quite sick as a child, suffering from Asthma, Rickets and Rheumatic fever. He dedicated his life to becoming stronger, studying gymnastics, body-building and boxing amongst other things. It was this avid interest in exercise and various philosophies that led him to develop a series of exercises to help improve his health. He called these exercises “Contrology” – they are the basis of all the Pilates exercises we do now – on and off the floor.
It wasn’t until his imprisonment in a WWII camp for German Nationals that he developed a conditioning program and taught his fellow inmates. His services were then enlisted to rehabilitate the war injured using this conditioning program. He believed bad posture, poor breathing techniques and poor diet affected one’s optimal health.
Joseph Pilates immigrated to the USA and started teaching this method to Dancers, Actors etc. These students went on to teach his method and it has been handed down since. He died in October 1967 at the age of 88 due to complications from a fire in his New York Studio.
The picture above – on the left – Joe at age 52, on the right at age 83.
He was a man way ahead of time! He wrote 2 books – ask us to borrow them anytime – they are easy to read and REALLY interesting!”