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  • Pilates by the Green

    Joe Pilates

    The Pilates method, originally called Contrology, is now named after it’s creator, Joseph Pilates. He defined Contrology as “the comprehensive integration of body mind and spirit.” Residing in England at the outbreak of WWI he was forced into an internment camp. In the camp, he began to develop the floor exercises that evolved into what we now know as the Pilates mat work.

    As time went by, Joseph Pilates began to work with rehabilitating detainees who were suffering from diseases and injuries. It was invention born of necessity that inspired him to utilise items that were available to him, like bed springs and beer keg rings, to create resistance exercise equipment for his patients. These were the unlikely beginnings of the equipment we use today.

    Joseph Pilates developed his work from a strong personal experience in fitness. Unhealthy as a child, Joseph Pilates studied many kinds of self-improvement systems. He drew from Eastern practices and Zen Buddhism, and was inspired by the ancient Greek ideal of man perfected in development of body, mind and spirit. On his way to developing the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates studied anatomy and developed himself as a body builder, a wrestler, gymnast, boxer, skier and diver. This philosophy is beautifully elucidated in his book, Return to Life Through Contrology.

    Joseph Pilates passed away in 1967. He had maintained a fit physique throughout his life, and many photos show that he was in remarkable physical condition in his older years.