“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young
Joseph Hubert Pilates
Joseph Pilates is the inventor of the revolutionary exercise method which now bears his name. Originally called Contrology, he developed and taught the system in his New York studio together with his wife, Clara.
The spine, for Joseph Pilates, was the key to physical and emotional well-being. Pilates develops the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support the spine, and focuses on breathing to promote better posture.
For Pilates, correct spinal alignment is everything. One of Pilates’ clients, the dancer Martha Graham, said “The spine is the tree of life. Respect it”. And this view would certainly be one shared by Pilates. He believed that for the majority it was possible to look after the spine, through exercise and proper posture, until well into old age. Hence the idea that the condition of the spine is reflected in the youthfulness and vitality of the individual, regardless of their actual age.