2003 Michael Miller Joseph H. Pilates 1880 born near Düsseldorf, Germany. Sickly as a child, suffered from: asthma rickets rheumatic fever He became determined to overcome these afflictions.
2003 Michael Miller To improve his health, Joseph Pilates studied: Eastern and Western philosophies of exercise and Zen Yoga, martial arts, roman gladiators, Greek athletes, Chinese acrobats By age 14 he was able to: Pose for anatomical charts Dive, ski, perform gymnastics
2003 Michael Miller England Went to England to box. 1918 WWI broke out, confined to an internment camp. Taught fellow internees his fitness regimen. They survived influenza epidemic. Used his method to rehabilitate the injured. He developed the use of springs.
2003 Michael Miller Germany Returned to Germany after WWI. Continued his work Trained Hamburg police force Caught attention of German army Was asked to train German army The political climate caused him to leave Germany and immigrate the U.S.
2003 Michael Miller United States Met Clara on the journey to the U.S. Established studio in building that also housed the New York City Ballet Clientele included actors, athletes, dancers, performers, executives—all seeking to recover or maintain their health.
2003 Michael Miller Contrology Pilates called his method Contrology And defined as: The complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.
2003 Michael Miller Es ist der GeistDer sich den Korperbaut ~ Frederich Schiller These words from a watercolor on the wall of Joseph Pilates’ studio translate as: It is the spirit that builds the body
2003 Michael Miller Geist Geist as in poltergeist Geist as in ghost Geist as in spirit Geist as in one’s mind’s eye Geist as in the observer
2003 Michael Miller Uniform development Joseph Pilates writes: Contrology develops the body uniformly.
2003 Michael Miller The mat is the method. Joseph Pilates wrote words, took pictures, and made films documenting his work. Particular exercises in a particular order Establishes the mat as the method.
2003 Michael Miller Michael John Miller 1952 born in Washington, D.C. Grew up in Illinois Attended Campion Jesuit boarding high school in Wisconsin Attend the University of Colorado and tried to play football
2003 Michael Miller Before Pilates Seeking alternative forms of exercise he tried Tennis, Aerobics, Yoga, Karate Taught ideas coming from his journal at Club Med Produced partner stretching video
2003 Michael Miller Developed his view. The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning by Friedman and Eisen Joseph Pilates’ philosophy: A few well-designed movements performed in a balance sequence are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics
2003 Michael Miller The Pilates Objective The complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Uniform usage to get uniform development. A state of energy in the being in the moment—fluorescence.
2003 Michael Miller Michael Miller Pilates Professes Pilates to be an idea: Uniform eccentric loading flowing through progressive patterns of movement.
2003 Michael Miller Uniform: Using the whole body equally
2003 Michael Miller Uniform eccentric Moving out from the center. In order to be eccentric you have to begin at ease. The true point of eccentricity is the inflection point.
2003 Michael Miller Uniform eccentric loading Weight bearing To make any exercise harder: Add more weight Move weight further away from center Decrease contact points Change tempo
2003 Michael Miller Uniform eccentric loading flowing through You have to press the flow to find the fusion, namely—the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.
2003 Michael Miller Uniform eccentric loading flowing through progressive patterns of movement. Flexion Extension Side-bending Rotation Torsion
2003 Michael Miller Uniform eccentric loading flowing through progressive patterns of movement Leads to: Complete coordination of Body, Mind and Spirit Fluorescence
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