About Joseph Pilates...

Joseph H. Pilates was born a small and sickly child. He suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever and was not the likeliest of candidates to develop a powerful methods to develop strength and improve health. But he did.

In 1914, Joseph was interned in England in a camp for enemy aliens with other German nationals. While there, he developed specialized exercises, rigging bed springs to assist the rehabilitation of the sick and bedridden. This system of exercises and the equipment he developed was the beginning of Pilates as we know it today.

For Joseph, physical fitness was "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure."

About the Method...

The Pilates Method is a system of exercises that are designed to build strength as it lengthens muscles. Each exercise focuses on relaxation, concentration, coordination, centering, alignment, breathing, stamina and flowing movement.

Practiced with mind-body awareness, Pilates promotes a balanced physical state called Uniform Development. Uniform development is achieved when the smaller, intrinsic muscles are tuned with the larger, dominant muscles to create a balance of forces at the joint level. This allows the breath to pass through to all tissue without blockage and restores equilibrium and suppleness to the spine.

The Pilates Method yields many benefits:
Increased lung capacity and circulation
Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles
Muscular and mental coordination
Improved posture, balance, bone density and joint health
Positive body awareness and an overall zestfullness in life