The History of Pilates
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
Pilates is an exercise method, which was invented by Joseph Pilates. He educated himself in anatomy, bodybuilding, yoga, gymnastics and martial arts. He was a gymnast, a diver and an incredible genius of the body.
Joseph Pilates was way ahead of his time with his vision and insight. He called his discipline ‘Contrology’. Deeper studies reveal the intelligence behind the method that tones and lengthens muscles. If used well, Pilates helps restore our most natural movements and helps correct posture and imbalances allowing our bodies to function in the most efficient way. Pilates is a system that has many pieces of equipment designed by Joseph to help you feel your body with resistance as well as offering support. Reformer, ladder barrel, wunda chair, tower, cadillac and foot corrector to name but a few.
He designed a unique series of vigorous physical exercises which helped to improve posture, coordination, balance, strength and flexibility, and correct muscular imbalances along with increased breathing capacity and organ function.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”