A little Pilates history: who was Joseph Pilates?

Many of you may be new to Pilates in Gillette, Wyoming and I thought it may be nice to give you a little history on how this fantastic system was created.

The creator of this movement system was Joseph Pilates. Joseph was born in 1883 in Germany. He was a performer and a boxer in England until the outbreak of World War I, when he was placed in a Prisoner of War (POW) camp.

It was at this POW camp where he began to teach his concept of "contrology" to his fellow prisoners. Later, at another camp, he began to help the sick and bedridden by developing what today is reformers and other equipment out of bed frames and springs--even using a steamer truck and a ladder to make what today is called a ladder barrel.

Joe always started his work on the floor in a supine position to avoid putting strain and stress on the heart and joints of the body.

In 1926, Joe opened his first studio in the great New York City, where he had immigrated. He taught there until his death in 1967.

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. It's a movement system that uses spring driven machines as well as a series of floor exercises that helps improve flexibility, strength and endurance and concentration—helping clients strengthen their abdomen, back, and pelvis as well as their glutes (butt) and legs. Pilates is designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body from the core out. A stable core provides you with a solid foundation for any movement. After a few weeks of attending Pilates classes, clients gain flexibility, see their posture improve, as well as notice that they are getting stronger, have more defined muscles, and have a stronger sense of well-being.

Learn more about the Pilates services offered at Ignite here. And, if you want to learn more about Pilates, be sure to check out Pilates' Return to Life Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates.

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