When did Pilates Start?
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, initially as a form of exercise to strengthen his own body. When the First World War broke out, Pilates was interned in the UK as a German National. He refined his form of movement to develop ‘contrology’ and began teaching his fellow internees.
After the war Pilates immigrated to the United States where he opened a body conditioning studio in New York in 1926.
His positive results drew a diverse crowd of all ages to his studio including dancers, actors, musicians, business people, and students. Today it is widely recognised that Pilates was way ahead of his time. Since the 1920’s it’s recognition has steadily grown and millions worldwide now practise pilates.
The method has been developed over the years with teachers adapting some of pilates original moves in line with new research and understanding of the human body.