Nova Pilates Method
Nova Method, aka Freestyle Pilates, has evolved from Classical Pilates to its present state as researched, developed and created by Milla Nova. As a trained gymnast, a former professional performer, licensed massage therapist and a physical rehabilitation specialist, Ms. Nova has always sought new ways to keep herself injury free. She was introduced to the method of Joseph Pilates by her physical therapist who helped her overcome debilitating neck and back injuries – a result of an accident. An avid patron of Pilates training, Ms. Nova realized the importance of inner core strength and its transcendence into all other physical activities. With a strong PT background and many special rehabilitation cases under her belt, Ms. Nova became certified and began examining effects of the Pilates Method in depth.
History of Pilates
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach in Germany, in 1880.
A sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Joe began studying body-building, yoga and gymnastics, and by the age of 14 was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. He came to believe that the “modern” life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training-techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications and tuning required to teach his methods properly.
In 1912 Pilates moved to England, earning a living as a boxer, circus-performer and self-defense trainer.