History of Pilates

Joseph Hubertus Pilates (December 9, 1883 – October 9, 1967)

Joseph Pilates was a rehabilitation nurse, fitness guru. entreprenuer, and author.  He started his passion for health during WWII. He put springs on beds in his ward of injured soldiers for both assistance in moving and exercise  He quickly noticed that his patients that exercised recovered more quickly than non-exercising patients. After the war he went on to develop a series of exercises and machines to rehabilitate the body and shared this knowledge in exercise studios in London and New York. These exercises became known as “Pilates.” Since the 40’s, medical research has confirmed the benefits of Pilates and modified the exercise so that any person, no matter their current state can reap the benefits.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. –Joseph Pilates

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”– at age 82

“Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.”