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19Mar

Where Did Pilates Come From? Should you be practicing Pilates? 

Joseph Pilates was initially a frail young German who took it upon himself to become a very strong, educated, healthy man. Joseph took part in wide range of sports including fencing, skiing, boxing, weight lifting, martial arts just to name a few. Joe was working with Scotland Yard on self-defense techniques when WW1 broke out and due to him being German was subsequently interned. It was during this time that Joe developed his technique while he was working as an orderly on the Isle of Man.

Joseph Pilates researched both ancient and relatively modern techniques such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Calisthenics and animal movement he applied what he thought was relevant into his Method of Contrology and his fellow internees were of serious benefit from his work. Pilates even developed equipment, bed springs used to help support his patient’s limbs meant he was possible to have his fellow internees gain strength while adequately supported. Today we see modern adaptions of his early equipment, today we call them reformers.

After his release Joe continued to practice and perfect his methodology eventually finding his way to New York where he worked with Martha Graham’s Ballerinas. This work with New York City Ballet is why we see links between dance and Pilates today. While at New York City Ballet Joseph Pilates trained a select few Dancers and Choreographers, these early Pilates protege’s each had their own personal input to the Pilates methodology and this is why we see a number of Styles of Pilates. Some names that are of note here are, Romana Kryzanowska, Eve Gentry, Joe Grimes, Ron Fletcher. The more recent generation include Moira Stott-Merrithew, Elizabeth Larkham, Joan Breibart and Alan Herdman.

In Summary Joseph termed his methodology Contrology.
Joseph printed his work “Your Health” 1934 and continued with “Return to Life through Contrology” 1945.

Contrology is the complete coordination of body mind and spirit said Joseph Pilates.

Today we simply use the family name “Pilates” when practicing his life’s work.

Practising Pilates will improve

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Core stability
  • Posture
  • Coordination

The above are improved by using 6 key principles, Joseph Pilates detailed these as

  • Breath
  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Flow
  • Precision

If you need improvements in any of these areas then practising pilates is a good idea.  The liklihood of needing to work on at least one of the above is highly likely so why not give pilates a try ✔️

Maybe a small group of you and friends or colleagues would like Pilates sessions? or would like to start 121 sessions. If so please get in contact and see if i can help.

Some Workout Schedules that may be of interest to you are below. Simply #ClickNCollect on my Health Hub App links, its simple and easy to get started but please ask if you have any questions. 

My Health Hub App will provide you with the Workouts, A Workout Schedule and Exercise Videos – so you know how to, and when to perform each exercise/workout – Log the Workouts when you’ve completed them, Log your Nutrition too and much much more. Please don’t hesshesi to get in contact.

4 weeks Functional Stretching Workout Schedule -Ideal for those who need more stretching in their workout routine. 
https://ppf.mypthub.net/p/18912

Home Pilates Routine – for Pilates Beginners https://ppf.mypthub.net/p/18063

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Healthy Regards

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Mark

A CHEK Holistic Health Coach, Pilates Instructor, Vivo Barefoot Run Coach, Stages Cycling Coach and Versatile Experienced Group Exercise Instructor. Decades of experience in the fitness industry, working in a variety of exclusive health clubs and high end spas in a number of roles, from management to self employed. One to one Coaching experience includes Training both Physically and Mentally challenged clients, Doctors, Producers, Directors, Celebrities as well as Elderly and Sports Teams, Men and Women. Local to the Hampshire area offering Mobile and Online Services, Consultations, Fitness Testing, Personal Coaching. A keen Triathlete, Runner and Cyclist. Make real Health Your Reality. Email: Mark.westbrook@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07947 280 146 https://www.facebook.com/MarkWestbrookPeakPersonalFitness/ https://m.facebook.com/MarkWestbrookPeakPersonalFitness/ A keen AG triathlete, runner and over all health geek mark looks to Educate, Motivate and Facilitate Positive Change so you too can enjoy health and vitality.

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