Pilates pure and simple

In his book Return to Life Through Contrology we see grainy black and white photos of Joe Pilates stretching and rolling, going from one seemingly odd pose to another. After swimming, a crescendo on moments begin as Joe performs one wildly difficult maneuver after another. A variety of complex positions you can only imagine.

The year ways 1945. The place New York City. Without knowing it, Joe was developing a revolutionary exercise modality that is just starting to begin seeing it’s potential today. Potential not only as fitness but as rehabilitation, as a guaranteed tried and true way of optimizing the body, developing it in such a balanced and specific way that it’s become the cornerstone for many top athletes. (more…)