After the war he eventually settled in the United States, where he met Clara his wife, and opened his first studio in New York in 1926. This attracted a diverse population of socialites, gymnasts, circus performers and athletes.
Here, the members of the dance community quickly recognised his deep understanding of the workings of the human body and embraced his method known as Contrology. This was the foundation of what we now call Pilates.
Over the course of his career Joseph Pilates developed more than 600 exercises. His ideology was that in order to achieve good health, the whole body, mind and spirit must be addressed. This was pioneering at the time.
Many years later, this approach has spearheaded a revolution in the world of fitness. Pilates is now widely recognised as a great way to build up core strength and stability in conjunction with improving posture and back alignment.