Pilates has been around since the early 1900’s, when German born Joseph Hubertus Pilates started putting together a series of exercises to be performed on a simple mat. Eventually, after a lot of research and experimentation during more than 60 years he arrived at what we know today as Pilates: a whole system of exercises and equipment to develop the individual. One of the most complete forms of conditioning available under one single system. The basic principle is to make the individual stronger, looser and equip him with control.
Pilates is a whole body workout that aims to improve the quality and quantity of our movements and our control over them. It has proven so efficient that is used equally by top sporters and dancers as well as those with a fragile condition and/or injuries. It is performed mainly on the specially designed Pilates equipment.
All the body is addressed equally and it improves strength, elasticity, balance, posture, concentration and performance. Through control, strength and stretch we achieve power and ease.
The idea is to move better, as you want, when you want, reducing at the same time the amount of discomfort that you may be experiencing.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach, a town west of Düsseldorf, in 1883.
He grew up to be a beer brewer by profession and a sportsman by desire. Mostly self-taught, he will slowly piece together his method drawing from different sources: from the German gymnastics (leaders at this time on the subject) to the oriental physical arts, with some Greek flavored thoughts thrown in.