Pilates is an exercise method designed to develop a strong, centred, muscularly balanced and flexible body whilst promoting the mind-body connection.
Born in Germany in 1880 Joseph Pilates, a gymnast and boxer, combined the Eastern disciplines of Yoga, Martial Arts and Zen philosophy with Western Gymnastics and Bodybuilding. Influenced also by Ancient Greek and Roman practices he developed his own physical conditioning program.
The Method, originally called ‘Contrology’, was developed into a complex conditioning program which is now embraced by professional dancers, athletes, performers and physical therapists for fitness, cross-training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
The Pilates Principles