"Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."  J. PILATES


In 1912 he moved to England. When the First World War broke out in 1914 he was placed under forced internment in the Isle of Man. He taught fellow camp members the concepts and exercises that he had developed over twenty years. He also invented equipment for the injured soldiers to help their rehabilitation.

After the war he travelled to the USA, and on the journey he met his wife, Clara. Once settled they opened a small gym in New York City, where many famous dancers were helped with their injuries.

The essence of Pilates is alignment, precision breathing, full concentration, and the mind-body connection.

Joseph Pilates taught Contrology (Pilates) right up until his death, in New York City, on 6th October, 1967 (aged 83).

His work was continued by his well-trained assistants, and soon travelled around the world.