The Pilates method of exercise was founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates.
A sickly child, Pilates pursued many forms of exercise in his determination to overcome his many physical challenges. WWI gave him a practical opportunity to put his expanding knowledge of physical fitness to work.
Interred with other German citizens by the British, Pilates employed bedsprings and hospital bed frames in rehabilitative therapy sessions for recovering soldiers.
In 1925 he emigrated from Great Britain to the US. He met his wife Clara on the voyage to America and together they opened their first studio in New York City in 1926.
The studio very quickly became a favorite of such celebrated dancers as Martha Graham and George Balanchine.
Many forms of exercise as well as Eastern & Western philosophies influenced his work. The Pilates repertoire includes over 600 exercises for the various pieces of equipment he invented.
Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in his holistic approach to good health by addressing the mind, body and spirit.
STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original Pilates method. It incorporates modern exercise principals and concepts, with a focus on restoring the natural curves of the spine, balance and muscular stabilization around the joints and improving core strength and flexibility.
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