(Bodymindpioneer, Mönchengladbach 1880- New York 1967)
As a child, Joseph Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. To cure this, he practiced gymnastics, yoga. At the age of fourteen he was a skilled athlete, skier and diver. He studied oriental movement systems such as Yoga and Zen and ancient Greek martial arts. This deepened his interest in the interaction between the human muscular system, breath and mind. He developed a holistic training program that he called "Contrology".
The starting point was his idea that the pressures of everyday life, pollution and lack of healthy physical activity leads to stress and disease. This enables us to our daily tasks less well, we can not relax and lose the ability to enjoy. To deal naturally with all the demands of life, we must be physically and mentally fit. Central point in Contrology is to create balance of body and mind, with the goal of achieving health and happiness. The exercise program consists of several series fluid movements, which are performed on a mat. The concentration and conscious control over the body during exercise stimulate the nervous system and alter unconscious movement patterns in a new, harmonious consciousness of our bodies, our thoughts and feelings.
In 1912, Joseph Pilates moved to London, where he became a boxing instructor from the police. At the outbreak of W.O.1 he, along with his compatriots was interned in a camp. He taught his fellow internees Contrology and then it showed that his method worked: they were remarkably fit and less susceptible to disease. Joseph Pilates was asked to develop a rehabilitation program for war victims. He applied his method and used tools like coil springs to train his bedridden patients. The Reformer and the Cadillac that resulted from it, are known devices, but he also designed furniture that promotes a healthy sitting and sleeping position.
In 1926 he moved to New York and opened his first studio. He worked with athletes, dancers and actors. Physical therapists and orthopedists discovered his rehabilitation method. Until his death in 1967, Joseph Pilates refined his work, resulting in a unique movement system now used for over 100 years.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."
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