Celebrating the Impact of Joseph Pilates

Today is Joseph Pilates’ 137th birthday. I wanted to honour his legacy by sharing my Pilates story, paying homage to what he has given to this world and help us to see that in the middle of this current pandemic some basic daily breathing and movement can create a positive impact.

I walked into my first Pilates mat class at Lakewood Civic centre in Saskatoon in the fall of 1999. The impact Pilates made on my life was almost immediate. My body had NO idea what it was doing or should be doing, my physical and mental health were NOT flourishing and I had lost my ability to breathe (literally) because of the daily undiagnosed pain I was living with. To say that the work of Joseph Pilates has not impacted me would be an outright lie because it changed every part of my life. I felt a strong need to learn more, so I did. Pilates shifted my career from the world of corporate consulting to that of wellness entrepreneur and I know I am living my true passion!

Now, let me now share a bit of Joe’s story, you might be amazed at some of the similarities he lived through and what we are currently living through.

Did you know that Joe was interned in England during WWI? While in the internment camp, Joe performed duties as a Physiotherapist’s assistant. Each day he would teach classes to those able bodied detainees. To those who were bed-ridden, he would creatively move their limbs using springs from their bed and would create pulley systems that created force for the body to work against to get stronger. And they breathed…..they breathed and they breathed. Joe said, “Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.”

When the worldwide Spanish Influenza pandemic claimed 3 times more lives than the war itself from 1918-1920, not one person in Joe’s internment camp died. Coincidence?? I don’t think so. Joe believed that ‘Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.’ This is totally aligned with what me and my almost 50 team members at Lead also believe.

This current pandemic has shone a spotlight on our health, it cannot be outright purchased. It needs to be a priority each and every day. We deserve to live the highest quality of life possible, but wishing and hoping without taking inspired action is not going to cut it.

So today, as we celebrate Joseph Pilates, make this Day 1 instead of one day. Call our studio now at 306-382-7447 to book a consult with me and find your Pilates story.

– Jana