History of Pilates
The Pilates method of exercises evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 near Dusseldorf, Germany. As a child he suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever.  He overcame his physical limitations with exercise and bodybuilding. Joseph pilates moved to England and worked as a self defense instructor for detectives. During the outbreak of World War I, he rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercises against resistance, an innovation that led to his latter equipment designs. In 1923, he moved to the United States and met his wife Clara. Together they established a fitness studio and developed their own line of equipment designed to incorporate their unique fitness principals. Their studios caught the attention of the NYC dance community who embraced the Pilates exercise method.

Pilates Benefits

Exercises are low impact on joints and can be modified to progress from basic to advanced movements for everyone regardless of age, injury, or disability.

Pilates trains the whole body and improves physique, fitness level, postural alignment, strength, tone, flexibility, balance, coordination, breathing, core control, mobility and can even prevent injuries.  Your movements will become efficient and flowing and you will see an increase in your self awareness, self-confidence, and sense of well being. You can enhance your quality of life by focusing on the integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Polestar Pilates Principles


Axial Elongation and Core control

Spine articulation

Organization of the head, neck, and shoulders

Alignment and weight bearing of the extremities

Movement Integration



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