Pilates is not a new age phenomenon. Its been around for 90 years. Its founder Joseph Pilates, was born in 1880 in Germany and grew up plagued by rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Determined to overcome his a afflictions, he studied various exercise regimens. All this research paid off , Pilates went on to became a circus performer, boxer, skier and gymnast. In 1926, he emigrated to The United States and opened the first Pilates Studio in New York City.
Developed as a way to help everyone maintain their exibility and muscle tone while not aggravating an injury, the technique includes resistance training and stretching to promote exibility, toning and mental and physical harmony. He invented weird looking contraptions and devised exercises that mimicks animal movement. Joseph Pilates was an innovator, who believed that Americans were becoming too sedentary, too dependent on modern technology. Thus, Pilates created a system that would motivate, stimulate, and challenge the mental and physical states, facilitating total health. He was a man ahead of his time. Emphasis is on lack of injury and respect of the body, with attention given to the body cove.