history

The origin of Pilates

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Pilates was developed at the beginning of the last century by Joseph Hubert Pilates (1883–1967). Born in Germany, he had struggled since childhood with various health problems. He began searching for a healing method and became convinced that movement was the key to better health.

In England und Deutschland trainierte Joseph Pilates Yoga, Zen-Meditation, Tai-Chi, Geräteturnen, Boxen und weitere Sportarten. Seine Erkenntnis: Der Geist kontrolliert und optimiert die Funktionen des Körpers. So entwickelte er aus einer Vereinigung von fernöstlichen und westlichen Sportarten die Pilates-Methode, die er selbst «Contrology» nannte. Als er zu Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs in Grossbritannien interniert wurde, trainierte er damit erfolgreich Soldaten.

In 1926 Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York and opened his first Pilates studio. He continued to develop the method up until his death in 1967, helping countless people improve their health and well-being. Today, thanks to its great effectiveness, Pilates is taught all over the world.

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