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    Pilates Teaches Longevity
    Pilates Teaches
    By Sonia Kang
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  • Joseph Pilates

  • What is Pilates, Really?

    The Pilates method is a miraculous system that can have an exponential effect on the quality of one's life. However, convincing people of this is challenging. Joseph Pilates's method which he called "Body Contrology" was effective not only in improving the health of people, but also it is plausible to say that his method saved lives. In World War I, Mr. Pilates spent time in a British internment camp where he trained his fellow prisoners in his method. The Pilates methodquite likely provided solace and the inner strength these prisoners needed during a time of incredible hardship.

    Joseph Pilates built an entire exercise system that embraced the concept of seeing the body move as a whole, without over emphasizing perfect form, with greater reliance on the mind and connection to the spirit. Thus, during the four years World War I lasted, Joseph Pilates developed a method that proved to work; he continued to improve on his system of exercises, along with concepts to keep the mind sharp and the body strong.When he came to New York City in 1925, he attracted many famous actors, singers, dancers and athletes to his studio because word of his effective method spread. He is a testament to his method for he continued to maintain his vitality, he taughtinto his 60's, 70's and 80's. Joseph Pilates was 88 years old when he passed away in October 9th, 1967.

    In his book Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates stated, "Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." 1945 There is something remarkable about a methodology that has been sustained and practiced and also widely embraced with increasing exuberance to the present day. Pilates exists because so many types of people have reaped its benefits. Pilates has served professional athletes, dancers, celebrities and now the general public, who see how applicable in can be in their own lives.
    (excerpt from Pilates Teaches Longevity)