Joe Pilates
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History of the Video (DVD)

A gift was given to Mary Bowen at the opening of Your Own Gym (Thorne's Market, 150 Main St., Northampton MA.) by a long time personal friend of Joe and Clara Pilates, Evelyn de la Tour.

Joe and Clara had bequeathed to Evelyn reels of their private film collection taken over 13 years - 1932-45. Evelyn in turn was aging herself and bequeathed the films to Mary Bowen - 2 large boxes of old reels. These reels are the basis for the video/DVD.

What will you find in the Video/DVD

This 70 minute video or DVD will give you an idea of what the method is, of Joe and Clara and of the early years of the method. A bonus is thrown in of Ted Shawn, the famous modern dancer, exhibiting enormous strength and facility.

In the 1930's the method had a more gymnastic look. Joe and Clara refined it over the years through one on one work. The method is continually refining as knowledge increases about the body's biomechanics which deepens the understanding and execution of the exercises.

A few samples of the video are available here for your viewing. Click to the samples page.





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