Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. Pilates (1880-1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI when he developed a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility.
When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone. This sparked a vast following of the method of exercise. Professional dancer Martha Graham and world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine were both students of his, and two of the first celebrities to benefit from doing Pilates.
About the STOTT PILATES® Method
Developed by professionals for professionals, the STOTT PILATES method is an anatomically-based approach to the original method. It is a progression in Pilates that incorporates modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, eliminates contraindicated movements, and emphasizes neutral alignment, core stability, and peripheral mobility.