Joseph H. Pilates, born in Germany in 1880, had a lifelong interest in body conditioning. He developed the Classical Pilates Method in the 1920’s as an exercise system that creates flexibility and strength for the entire body. He believed that physical and mental health were completely dependent upon one and other.
While interned in England during World War I for his German citizenship, Joseph became a nurse. During this time, he designed exercise apparatus for immobilized patients by attaching springs to hospital beds. This system formed the foundation for his style of body conditioning and specialized exercise apparatus, which he brought to New York City when he opened the first Pilates Studio in 1926.
The Program is not just exercise. It is a “workout” comprised of a series of very precise, controlled movements that fully engage the body and mind. These movements are performed on exercise apparatus which were designed to support and guide the body through its ultimate transformation. Programs are tapered uniquely to each individual and their needs through the watchful and experienced eye of a superiorly qualified Classically trained instructor.
Benefits of the Pilates Method
An Instructor of the Classical Methodolgy not only teaches exercise but TRANSFROMS the body in order to obtain a balance of Mind-Body-Spirit. Regardless of the current level of fitness – from sedentary office worker, to pregnant women to fitness enthusiast – the Classical Method can be the primary mode of body conditioning and injury prevention.
The Classical Methodolgy has proven effective with:
- Injury Prevention & Recovery
- Improved Alignment
- Enhanced Breathing & Circulation
- Increased Strength, Flexibility & Balance
- Improved Muscle Tone, Energy & Mental Concentration.
What is the most impressive aspect of Classical Pilates is that it has been proven to work for over 90 years! The U.S.P.A. ®’s Teacher Trainers have all been trained exclusively and extensively in the Classical Methodolgy without any deviation.
The U.S.P.A. ® motto for our Classically Trained Instructors:
“Change Your Life and the Lives of Others”
Joseph H. Pilates Archives
The U.S.P.A.® is the exclusive licensee of a substantial portion of the Joseph H. Pilates Archives (“Archives”) consisting of exclusive film footage, photographs and original equipment designs of Joseph H. Pilates, including the master himself teaching his Method of “Contrology.”
The U.S.P.A.® is the exclusive provider of Joseph H. Pilates Archival Seminars in the United States. These seminars examine the exclusive Archives and provide an opportunity to incorporate these Archival exercises into the Classical Pilates programs.