THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL
Joseph H. Pilates (1883-1967) was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Joseph Pilates was a sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, ultimately choosing to dedicate his life to improving his physical strength.
Pilates was years ahead of his time. He recognized that the “modern” life-style – marked by bad posture, improper breathing and inactivity — created poor health. His solution was to devise a method that incorporated more than 500 exercises and used uniquely designed apparatuses.
Pilates, the method we know today, is still as amazing as when Joe was alive. The focus on a healthy, flexible, aligned spine, with a strong core and deep awareness of the breath and the musculature of “the powerhouse” is still unparalleled.
The Pilates method builds strength, stamina, stretch and stability with control and precision.