About pilates

A bit of history

The Pilates method was created by a German, named Joseph Pilates, over 100 years ago. He called it “Contrology” because it was about learning how to control movement and to fully coordinate the body, spirit and mind. It was only after his death that this method inherited the name of its creator. It originated mainly as a form of rehabilitation for wounded soldiers during the First World War. Pilates was developing his method all his life. The clientele of his New York studio for many years were gymnasts, athletes, dancers and actors, whom Joseph helped strengthen their bodies and return to full fitness after injuries.


What distinguishes pilates?

The springs. In Poland, the method is known mainly for the exercises on the mat, but it is this specialized apparatus that has become the cornerstone of pilates. Joseph Pilates quickly noticed that challenging mat exercises are quite often beyond reach for his injured clients. This is when he created apparatus (such as Universal Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Guillotine, and Pedi Pole), which supported the rehabilitation process and repeatedly increased the effectiveness of workouts. The springs he exploited made this “corrective gymnastics” unique but most of all built on strength and endurance in an unprecedented way. Reformer (the so-called rehabilitation bed), equipped with springs, became a hallmark of pilates, which no other exercise system has had until today.


For whom? “Pilates is for anybody, but not for everybody” (Rael Isacowitz, BASI Pilates).

Everyone can practice pilates, but not everyone will love it. If you like to set goals, want to improve your body awareness, exercise in a controlled way, it definitely is a workout for you!

The pilates method is recommended to all, regardless of age and physical condition. It is a training suitable for a marathon runner preparing for the next run, as well as for a person leading a typically sedentary lifestyle and or complaining about back pain.

  What is Body Control Pilates?

Body Control Pilates® is the oldest and largest pilates school in Europe. Its founders were guided by the idea of breaking down the demanding classical exercises of Joseph Pilates into smaller components and in this way adjust the method to the abilities of an average person. Currently, the organization is represented by over 1,500 teachers in over 40 countries. Being a symbol of the highest standards of teaching, BCP pays special attention to didactics, professional ethics and safety in training.

Read more: www.bodycontrolpilates.com

photo: press materials Body Control Pilates

What is BASI Pilates?

BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International. It is an American organization present in over 30 countries that has trained thousands of pilates teachers. Its creator, Rael Isacowitz, is one of the greatest experts in the method who learned his skills under the supervision of several of the first students of Joseph Pilates. Currently, BASI is one of the leading pilates schools in the world. Its mission is to pass the core of Joseph Pilates’ heritage onto the next generations, and enrich with present knowledge and research in the field of human biomechanics.

Read more: www.basipilates.com


photo: press materials BASI Pilates

What is Romana’s Pilates?

Romana Kryzanowska was a direct client of Joseph Pilates, then a student and teacher in his NY studio. After his death she run the studio and continued his work. She was the first to set up a formal education of the Pilates method having one goal in her heart: to preserve and pass on the original work of the great Joseph Pilates as closely as possible to future generations. Her daughter Sari Mejia Santo and granddaughter Daria Pace, who have been running the Romana’s Pilates to this day, helped to create and develop the school.

It is with Romana’s Pilates and its subsequent teachers that the term “classic pilates” was coined – i.e. relating to what the trainings in the original studio of Joseph Pilates looked like. Romana’s Pilates is present in over 40 countries around the world. It is a synonym of very demanding trainings characterized by high precision and, at the same time, dynamics and flow.

Read more: www.romanaspilates.com