H. Pilates was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1880 and developed
an early interest in physical health and body conditioning. He was
a frail child who had asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and
so Joseph H. Pilates became dedicated to health and fitness to overcome
these ailments. Joseph H. Pilates trained as a body builder, boxer,
skier, diver, and gymnast.
moved to England in 1912 and trained detectives in self-defense.
During World War I, Joseph H. Pilates was interned as an "enemy
alien" with other Germans in Lancaster, then the Isle of Man.
He became a nurse during this time, training other camp internees
to keep physically fit with his unique exercises that used spring
resistance. Joseph H. Pilates was given credit when none of the
individuals he trained succumbed to an epidemic of influenza, which
killed thousands of others in England during 1918.
H. Pilates' system of body conditioning continued to develop with
his design of specific apparatuses. After relocating to Hamburg
for a period of time, where he helped train the police force in
his method of body conditioning, Joseph H. Pilates decided to immigrate
to New York City. He opened the first Pilates studio here in the
U.S. in 1926. Soon after, such notable choreographers as Martha
Graham and George Balanchine became devoted to the benefits of the
Pilates Method, and would send their own students and dancers to
train with Joseph H. Pilates. He believed that mental health and
physical health were essential to one another. As a "genius
of the body" Joseph H. Pilates created a method of total body
conditioning that emphasized proper alignment, centering, concentration,
control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement that resulted
in increased flexibility, strength, muscle tone, body awareness,
energy, and improved mental concentration.
Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is practiced by people all over
the world who are at every level of fitness. In addition, The Pilates
Method of Body Conditioning is used by professional athletes, actors,
sports teams, dancers, performing arts school students, and members
of health clubs and gyms.
Benefits of Pilates
strength and core strength
of well being
Sylviane is Stott Pilates certified in mat and reformer and
specializes in several types of pilates. She is available for
in house as well as on location sessions in the greater Pasadena
and Santa Clarita area. She teaches mat pilates, ballet Pilates
& group Equipment classes. She is available for one on one
and small groups classes.
For more information regarding rates, availability, techniques
and studio location, please contact sylviane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mat Pilates Class
on one Reformer Session
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