A brief history of Pilates
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century – originally from Germany he suffered many debilitating conditions notably asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was reportedly told early in his life that he would die prematurely – he lived until 83! So the Pilates method has been about for more 100 years.
He studied Yoga, Martial Arts, Boxing and Weightlifting to find a way to try and strengthen his body and improve his health and prognosis. In the UK he taught his fitness techniques and his developing principles. It was during World War 1 that he was interned on the Isle of Man. He used springs from hospital beds to create equipment to help patients and fellow internees improve their muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. After the war he was asked to train the German Army but he took the boat to New York meeting his wife Clara on the way. He further developed the discipline working mostly with dancers in a New York studio helping them overcome dance related injuries.
His methods aim to develop the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit to promote suppleness, muscular power, endurance and posture.
The discipline has evolved – and will continue to do so – to accommodate new elements of daily life – technology and other developments.
At The Body Junction, we have close to 30 Pilates classes running each week. Take a look at our schedule to find the right one for you. If you’re new to Pilates, keep an eye out for our next induction class.