Joseph H. Pilates~ December 9, 1883- October 9,1967
Joe wrote YOUR HEALTH and RETURN TO LIFE THROUGH CONTROLOGY. He called his work Contrology, now known to all of us as PILATES.
Joesph Pilates had served an internment in the war and was stationed on the Isle of Man off the coast of Whales. He helped rehabilitate soldiers that were bed ridden. He immigrated to New York and opened a studio where famous boxers, veterans, businessmen, dancers came to practice with him. Joe invented the equipment to add assistance and resistance to the work. Mat work is the foundation and he knew the mat work was hard! Mat is the method! He expected his clients to learn the mat exercises. He believed in healthful eating, getting outside in the weather for some cardiovascular exercise and doing his mat work! He was quoted as saying “An hour and in the shower!”
I feel honored to continue the work. My own father was a service man in the Air Force. He stayed in shape throughout his entire life. Recently, my mother passed away from ALS and after caring for my mother in the last stages of ALS, he was weak and his body needed help. Joe Pilates said “10 sessions you feel the difference, 20 sessions you will see the difference and 30 sessions you will have a whole new body” rang true! Now, at 72, he has rock hard abs! He told me he used to put pain patches in multiple places on his body every day and after 23-25 session he could do a roll up and roll like a ball! He said and I quote, “If someone would have told me I’d feel this good at 72, I wouldn’t have believed them!” …The system works!
I would like to use my passion for pilates and pay it forward to a service man or woman. I am interested in not just teaching pilates to veterans but teaching and mentoring someone who’d like to become an instructor. Someone who’d like to find a new career path and pay it forward to others. I want to volunteer my training services for a veteran both a man and a woman to feel the accomplishment of what the body can do. Limbs not required. Only your will and desire.