Where we come from
Above all else, Pilates originates from a place of vitality, or inspiring the body and mind to live.
Joseph Pilates was a German circus performer and boxer. Born in 1883 his ideas regarding health were largely influenced by the vigorous training methods of his time, and also the outdoors. What we now call Pilates, Joe called Contrology, and was originally developed as a training system directed towards men, especially boxers. Following WWI Joseph settled with his partner Clara in NYC, and it is here that he opened the original Contrology studio, evolving his method and creating equipment up until his death in 1967.
The True Pilates legacy was largely left to a group of Elders who had been given the opportunity to train and teach under Joe and Clara, including Romana Kryzanowska and Jay Grimes- whose teachings we continue to pass on at PP. Jay worked with Joe and Clara Pilates in the final years of Joe’s life, when his system was solidified and his studio method resolved. In turn our Studio Director Wade has studied with Jay, and through Proper Pilates now provides a home in Australia for clients and teachers to experience this wonderful history. It’s an important story and point of difference as today the Pilates marketplace is so varied. At Proper Pilates you are assured of a unique connection back to origin, while being treated as an individual.