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Pilates Elders – Carola Trier

Pilates Elders – Carola Trier Born May 26,1913 in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1924, Carola enrolled in the Laban School with aspirations of becoming a concert dancer.  Her parents left Europe as the Third Reich rose up, Carola chose to stay on in France and perform.  The year was 1938. In 1942, Carola was sent to Gurs, an internment camp in France, 5000 Jews were sent with her.  She received news that her application to travel to the USA was accepted and travelled to join her family.  Kerry Roland, an apprentice of Carola, stated in his interview with Pilates Anytime that Carola told him ‘she had entertained the Nazi’s as a contortionist on roller skates’. Carola suffered a off stage knee injury in 1950.  She states in an interview, Joseph looked at the knee, touched it and said, ‘sure it’s sore, that’s nothing, I’ll get you going’.  (In honor of Carola, Pilates Anytime, October[…]

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Pilates Principals

Industry Bridging to Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction (2004), outlines the original Pilates Principals as;   Concentration      Focus into movements to make more refined, intense and effective. Mind body connection Control Ensure all movements are executed with focus, flow, precision and energy. The mind body creates the movement Centring All work must rotate around the control from the core of the body, and focus of the mind. Precision Work is refined ad perfected to create efficient movements. Flowing  Movements Energy and focus keep movement flowing from one to another, creating continuous control. Breathing Breath is used to assist, challenge, release and energise. Pilates International additional principal’s; Alignment Balancing the mind and body through movement. Commitment Consistency and dedication to making change and progression.

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History of Joseph H Pilates

History of Joseph H Pilates Information provided by Herman and Baker (2003-9) and A History of Joseph Hubertus Pilates (2001) inform us that Joseph Pilates was born in a small town outside Dusseldorf, Germany in 1883 and died in 1967 at age 83. As a child Joseph suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever.  His father was a prize-winning gymnast and his mother a naturopath. Joseph was given an old anatomy book which he studied and memorised and in his words. “I learned every page, every part of the body; I would move each part as I memorised it.  As a child, I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move, how the mother taught the young”. Joseph was modelling for anatomy charts at the age of 14 years. Joseph travelled from Germany to England for work in 1914, WW1 started.  Joseph was interned as[…]

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