About Joseph Pilates

This remarkable & proven system that we teach at EPL was created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, born in 1883 in Germany.

In 1912 he moved to England to further his training as a boxer and to teach boxing and self-defence.

In 1914 after WW1 broke he was interned in a camp for enemy aliens in Lancaster. There he taught wrestling, self defense and where he started devising his system of original exercise that later became ‘Contrology’. He was transferred to another camp on the Isle of Man and became a nurse helping with wartime diseases and injured men. It was in these hospitals that he developed equipment to rehabilitate them taking springs from the bed and giving exercises to the bed ridden.

In 1926 he moved to New York after being invited to train the New York German Army and opened up his first studio in the same building as several dance studios.

It was in this studio he continued developing and refining his method and apparatus right up to his death in 1967.

It is due to the support of his teachers from all around the world that allows us to keep this legacy alive.

A legacy that is endorsed and recommended by Physiotherapist, Osteopath’s, General Practitioners & Sports coaches.

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