Joseph Pilates was born in Dusseldorf in the late 1800s. As a child he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was determined to combat his ill health by experimenting with various forms of exercise. Within Pilates you see these influences: yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training. Joseph Pilates created the Pilates method by taking, what he believed to be the most effective features from each of the above methods and combining them to form his own system that reflected a perfect balance of strength and flexibility.
Having benefitted himself from his new form of exercise he started teaching these techniques to others. During the outbreak of the First World War Pilates was interred as a German national in England. By attaching springs to the internees' beds whilst in confinement, Pilates devised exercises whereby the prisoners could maintain their health and fitness levels. After the war he returned to Germany where he met Rudolf Von Laban, a dancer, choreographer and theoretician of dance. Pilates impressed Laban with his new form of body training. Later Pilates moved to America where he set up his first studio in New York. This became the home of the New York City Ballet alongside other prestigious dance companies. It was not long before the dance profession caught onto Pilates' method of training, followed by top actors, actresses, gymnasts and athletes all excited to learn from Pilates.
Joseph Pilates method is growing in popularity for many reasons. Not only does it improve core stability, tone, lengthen and strengthen your muscles but it gives you a new sense of awareness about your own body; how it moves, where it holds tension and where your ideal postural alignment should be. It is this awareness that brings about the first step to change.
Anyone can benefit from coming to Brighton Pilates whether you're young, old, super fit, have suffered a recent injury or consider yourself a couch potato. Pilates can be tailor made to suit you and your particular needs. Pilates' consistent success at helping patients with back problems, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), muscle imbalances etc means that it is now a method recognised by osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors as a way of rehabilitating patients with muscular/skeletal problems or following an injury.
Coming to Brighton Pilates will teach you to improve your posture, increase your core stability and as a result have longer leaner muscles with the ability to move more efficiently in your everyday life.