Joseph Pilates – The forefather of modern day Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born near Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1880. As a child he suffered from Asthma, Rickets and Rheumatic Fever and looking for a way to improve his condition and after studying various forms of exercise, he developed a special regime which allowed practitioners to strengthen and elongate their muscles.
By the 1920's Joseph Pilates was an athlete, boxer and Tai Chi master. He arrived in New York and opened a studio where he trained dancers, entertainers and athletes. He developed his system over many years taking aspects which he considered effective from disciplines such as Yoga, dance and gymnastics. With injured pupils in mind, he constructed a number of machines designed to support the body whilst training and strengthening it.
Pilates has long been the exercise method chosen by dancers and athletes because it emphasises alignment, injury prevention, simultaneous stretching and strengthening and focuses on the mind and body connection.
Marjolein Brugman – Bringing reformer Pilates into the Home
Marjolein Brugman has been credited with bringing reformer Pilates into the home. Following a road accident when she was hit by a car and after months of rehab at The Pilates Institute, it struck her that the wonders of reformer Pilates should be available to everybody, not just the rich and famous. Her quest for the affordable home reformer was born. This was over 20 years ago, now, a million people of all ages and walks of life workout on her AeroPilates reformer, changing their well-being and outlook on life.
Joseph Pilates himself said that Pilates is the "fountain of youth". Marjolein is evidence itself, each year she appears to have more youth, energy and vitality. You can't spend time with her and not become an instant convert to the world of AeroPilates.