Britain’s father of pilates – alan herdman

Alan Herdman is the first person to open a Pilates studio in Britain in 1970. There is one degree of separation between Alan Herdman & Joseph Pilates himself. He went to New York in the 1960’s after studying at the London School of Contemporary Dance in order to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method.

In New York he worked with Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself. At the time Pilates was not known in the UK and when Alan returned in 1970 he set up the first Pilates Studio ever , in Britain. His clients were actors, dancers and singers, before long Pilates was being recommended by doctors and physiotherapists to patients struggling with chronic injuries.

Alan now lectures all over the world about Pilates and amongst the books he has written are ; The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person’s Guide to Pilates (2003) and Pilates: Creating the Body You Want (1999), The Complete Pilates Tutor (2014). Alan has training course for Pilates instructors , many of his old students now run their own successful practices in London. He still teaches in his own studios, dance schools and designated Pilates studios internationally.

Pilates changes your body and changes your life, if you suffer from chronic conditions it might be the answer to years of pain.

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