The Pilates Method is a specific style of exercising based on the method originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920's. Born near Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880, Joseph Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever as a child. His determination and drive to overcome those ailments led to the study of both Eastern and Western forms of exercise: including zen, ancient Grecian and Roman regimens. He took them one step further by combining skills with his knowledge of exercise and anatomy, to design apparatus geared specifically to his philosophy.

Joseph Pilates brought his revolutionary method of physical and mental conditioning to the United States in the early twenties. His studio in New York City caught the attention of the dance community - and Pilates technique became an integral part of dance training. Such legends of dance as Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, George Balanchine, Hanya Holm and Jerome Robbins, have all practiced Pilates and taught it to their students.

Pilates felt that his work was probably about fifty years ahead of its time, and although his name is not yet a household word, people from all walks of life are discovering and choosing the Pilates technique as their fitness program. Hospitals and physical therapy centers worldwide are using Pilates to rehabilitate injured athletes and dancers. Many athletes - even football players - now incorporate Pilates into their training. Pilates-based fitness studios are teaching the technique to an increasing number of ordinary people who are tired of the “pumping iron” atmosphere of conventional gyms and aerobic dancing studios.

The Pilates Method is for:
? Those who have become discontent with the ‘gym scene’ and need a more focused program

? Those who require more specific guidance for their exercise programs

? Those recovering from injury and needing a more specific physical rehabilitation

? Those wishing to improve sports performance or dance technique program

? The elderly who requie a gentle, yet effective, exercise regime

? Those requiring more stretching and strenghthening of their musculature

? Those suffering from back pain and other joint or muscular problems

? Those requiring an injury prevention program

? Those wishing to reduce the mental and physical stress

? Those wishing to enjoy a better sex life

The Pilates Method is based on the eight principles of:
? Flowing movement

? Concentration

? Breathing

? Isolation

? Precision

? Centering

? Control