Pilates & Reformer
The History of Pilates & Reformer Training
Pilates is an exercise method that aims to create balance in the body, designed to cater to the needs of the individual. 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, as well as ancient Grecian and Roman regimens.
He took them one step further by combining these 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 1920s.
His studio in New York City caught the attention of the dance community, and the Pilates technique quickly became an integral part of dance training. Legends of dance, such as Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins have all practiced Pilates and taught it to their own 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 of choice.
Hospitals and physical therapy centers worldwide are using Pilates to rehabilitate injured athletes and dancers. Many athletes, including hockey and football players, 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.
Click here for descriptions of the Pilates classes offered by The Bodymind Centre, and here for our current class schedule.