The Pilates Concept

  • Verena GewenigerEmail author
  • Alexander Bohlander


Pilates’s training is not merely a collection of exercises, but is based on his philosophical ideas and vision of health and wellbeing. In his books, Your Health (1934) and Return to Life Through Contrology – The Basic Fundamentals of a Natural Physical Education (1945), Pilates outlines the context and theoretical foundation of his method (Gallagher and Kryzanowska 2000). In their handbook (PMA Pilates Study Guide 2005, p 18), the Pilates Method Alliance summarized three fundamental principles of the Pilates philosophy, based on these texts.


Pelvic Tilt Primal Movement Rolling Movement Philosophical Idea Shoulder Blade 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Friedman P, Eisen G (2005) The Pilates method of physical and mental conditioning. Penguin Books, LondonGoogle Scholar
  2. Gallagher S, Kryzanowska R (1999) The Pilates method of body conditioning. Bainbridge Books, Philadelphia (PA)Google Scholar
  3. Gallagher S, Kryzanowska R (2000) The complete writings of Joseph H. Pilates: Your HEALTH 1934 – Return to life through contrology 1945, The authorized editions. Bainbridge Books, Philadelphia (PA)Google Scholar
  4. Pilates Method Alliance (2005) The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide. Pilates Method Alliance Inc., Miami (FL)Google Scholar
  5. Ungaro A (2000) Portable Pilates Mat Class at the Pilates Center of New York. Tribeca Bodyworks, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  6. Ungaro A (2002) Pilates. Dorling Kindersley Verlag, StarnbergGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deutscher Pilates-VerbandMühltal/TrautheimGermany
  2. 2.POLESTAR EuropeKölnGermany

Personalised recommendations