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The Pilates Method: A Historical Look

Posted on April 17, 2014

Behind every movement, there’s a story — and Pilates, originally known as “Contrology,” is no exception.

Joseph H. Pilates, a Circus performer and boxer living in England around 1914, practiced Contrology (which became known as Pilates after Joseph’s death) while in an an internment camp, placed there by the Germans during WWI.

He was first placed in a camp in Lancaster Castle, and was later moved to the Isle of Man. He began teaching others at the camp the concepts and exercises that he had developed, all along creating more exercises that today are known as “mat work.”

Check out the video below showing Joe Pilates in action.

Join us on May 3 to celebrate Joseph Pilates’ teachings as part of Pilates Day, an annual and internationally recognized event. The Lift Pilates Studio will be offering a FREE Pilates Mat Class, demonstrations, raffle prizes and light refreshments. RSVP to [email protected].