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How did Pilates originate?

German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates was often sick as a young child with asthma and other physical ailments. Determined to strengthen his body as a young adult, he began studying yoga, meditation, martial arts, and various Greek and Roman exercises. During World War I, he was serving as an orderly at a hospital on the Isle of Man and developed a rehabilitation program for non-ambulatory soldiers. In fact, he crafted the earliest iteration of the Pilates reformer by attaching springs to hospital beds. Doctors observed that the patients he was working with were recovering more rapidly.

Joseph Pilates spent the next few years developing the Pilates method and brought it to the United States in 1923. By the 1960s, the Pilates Method had become popular among dancers in New York before making its way to Hollywood in the 1970s. The original rehabilitative method was determined by advocates to be of great benefit to anyone seeking to improve their fitness.

Pilates exploded into the mainstream by the mid-2000s and the method is now widely available at boutique studios and online resources. Emerging research supports the principles that Joseph Pilates taught as both functional fitness and effective rehabilitation.

Learn more about the classes we currently offer and register in advance here. Men, women, and mature teens of all ability levels are welcome. Dress comfortably, and plan to remove your shoes. All equipment is provided. For your safety, we do require one private intro session or attendance at a Pilates beginners workshop to attend an Equipment Based Pilates class. From there, our providers will be able to suggest which classes may be the best fit for you. For assistance with scheduling, please call our front desk at 563-207-8932.

~Statera Team

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