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By selecting Mönchengladbach, Joseph’s hometown, as the location of the International Pilates Heritage Congress, Lolita San Miguel and its Board President, Kathy Corey, could not have imagined any other better place to host a Pilates event that honors Joseph and Clara Pilates’ life work.

Joseph Pilates’ hometown has a special feel that goes beyond description. The little street is full of his history with little cafés where participants can go to enjoy time together sharing Pilates stories. Joseph's plaque and the beautiful venue, "Haus Erholung", are truly to be experienced with passion and curiosity.

The Pilates Heritage Congress wishes to continue to honor Joseph and Clara's work in an atmosphere where the foundation of the Pilates Legacy and its deep knowledge is carefully preserved, exchanged and transmitted from teacher to student, for a united global future, sharing our passion for the Pilates Method.
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Lolita San Miguel

(Founder and Creative Director)

In 2014, New York-born, Lolita San Miguel celebrates in her 56th anniversary of practicing the Pilates Methods of Body Conditioning. She received her first certification from Carola Trier, Joseph Pilates’ first disciple to open a studio and then studied with Pilates himself. Lolita holds the distinction of being one of the only two known practitioners to have been officially certified by Joseph and Clara Pilates and awarded degrees by the State University of New York to teach the Pilates Method.

Lolita has also been certified by Polestar Pilates Education and was awarded a Gold Certificate by the Pilates Method Alliance. She is one of the two remaining “Distinguished Elders” of the Pilates Method Alliance.
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Kathy Corey

(President, Board of Directors)

Kathy Corey is a Master Teacher who began her career with the Pilates Technique in 1979. She has been the leading expert in the Pilates community for over 35 years. She is the Director of Kathy Corey Pilates. The Kathy Corey Pilates Certification Program is taught at locations across the United States and her continuing education programs are taught in over twenty countries. In 2004, she designed the innovative CORE Band™, which is used in studios around the world. The Core Band™ Mat Class is recognized as an enhancement to the traditional mat exercises.

Since 2007, Corey has been the Chairperson of the IDEA Pilates Task Force. She is on the Contributing Editor Board for IDEA Pilates Today and is an IDEA Expert.
She is an Advisory Board Member for Pilates Style Magazine and a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Fitness Professional Association (AFPA).
Corey is PMA Pilates Gold Certified and she has been selected by IDEA as one of ten people in the world “Who Inspire the World to Fitness,” the fitness industry’s highest form of recognition.
In 2013, Corey received the first Plaque of Appreciation from Pilates in Asia for her outstanding performance and contribution to the growth of Pilates.

Board of directors


Mauro Busti


Renata Sabongui


Reiner Grootenhuis


Claudia Holtmanns


Katya Smirnova


Iva Mazzoleni


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10:15 – 12:30Pre-Pilates Matwork -- Avoiding Muscle Imbalance and Injury
Alan Herdman
Pre-Pilates. Helping the client who is a) New b) Has weak musculature c) Poor posture, to prepare their physique for the Pilates exercises. Helping them to recruit the correct muscle groups to avoid muscle imbalance and injury.
Stretching and flexibility as a form of pre-Pilates
Anthony Lett
Many Pilates teachers and students know that the safe and effective performance of many of the classical Pilates exercises requires a considerable degree of suppleness and flexibility. Preparing for these exercises can require some deconstructing of the classical work first, where the flexibility at each of the joints involved in the exercise is developed before the entire classical version is attempted. The method then becomes safer and more accessible, particularly to todays sedentary population. In this workshop participants will look at some of the classical matwork and how to deconstruct it, stretch for it, and then attempt and elegant and safe performance of it. Features of this interactive workshop include:
3D analysis of some classical floor exercises
new stretches for you and your clients
Analysis of the classical work from a different perspective-the quality of joint range of motion
Magic Circle
Renata Sabongui
Join Renata Sabongui for a workshop with the Magic Circle
Deepen your Understanding on the Universal Reformer
Brett Howard
Students will have the chance to learn the Classical repertoire and deepen their knowledge about the exercises on the Universal Reformer. The workshop participants learn various approaches of scaffolding and deconstructing the Pilates exercises, as well as learn how to recognize the skills involved in the exercises to strengthen those skills.
12:30 – 2:00EXHIBITION HALLOpen for all


2:00 – 5:00Before and After the Hundred
Lolita San Miguel
Explore the matwork with Lolita as she shares her many years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the matwork both before and after the Hundred.
Pilates & ADHD
Laura Browning Grant
Why Study Pilates & ADHD: Attention to the issues associated with ADHD has increased over the last decade. Many sufferers of the disorder are searching for ways to manage their symptoms. Joseph Pilates observe that society was focusing solely on furthering the development of the mind and neglecting the development of the body. Pilates understood that the well-being of an individual could only be achieved by engaging both the mind and the body. When used as part of an ADHD treatment regimen, the Pilates method can improve an individual’s ability to focus, thus reducing ADHD symptoms and improving the quality of life for sufferers of these disorders. Laura Grant not only works with clients who have ADHD, but also lives with ADHD. This course provides two perspectives—teaching and personal experience. Pilates& ADHD workshop is designed to teach both instructors and ADHD sufferers how to use the Pilates Method as a tool in the treatment of symptoms.
Flow Spine Corrector
Michael King
Sequences with music and using the Spine Corrector in a group class environment, the different styles of music creates different experiences of the movements and teaching approaches and helps show your students that the Pilates Spine corrector can be not only challenging but a fun tool. A great class for those who want to bring equipment work into the group class.
Reformer with Alan HerdmanJoin Alan Herdmann as he explores the repertoire
5:30 – 7:00CEREMONY AT THE PLAQUEOpen for all



9:00 – 11:00Mastering Control on the Mat
Brett Howard
Joseph Pilates referred to his method as the Art of Control. “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit” Joseph Pilates (1945). In this workshop, tools are given to foster ways of attaining greater consistent control in Pilates. Participants learn various approaches of scaffolding and deconstructing the Pilates exercises, as well as learn how to recognize the skills involved in the exercises to strengthen those skills.
Studio Suite for All Levels
Alan Herdman
Creating a balanced program for the average client using the reformer, the trapeze table and the chair. Showing that an interesting session can include elements that are beginner, intermediate and advanced. Discovering that these elements are different for the individual client.
Wunda Chair - From Classic to ContemporaryKathy Corey A balanced program for the whole body, this course teaches how to progress the classic exercises with
innovative variations created to challenge mind and body. Learn proper set-up, spring tension and in-depth cueing as taught by Joseph and Clara Pilates to the original Master Teachers. Each program combines the classic exercises with contemporary movements to make each movement appropriate for the individual body.
Reformer Evolution
Michael King
In this session Michael steps outside the traditional Pilates repertoire and looks at how you can develop patterns of movements to address new challenges for your clients. This is a development concept for those you are well versed in the traditional Pilates Repertoire which trains the body and through the traditional work in your body you can open the window to a new way of movement challenge
Lolita san Miguel
This class is open for all to share and experience our unity through the power of the matwork.
12:30 – 2:00EXHIBITION HALLOpen for all


2:00 – 5:00Flow-Evolved Pilates
Michael King
As all elements of our lives continually change we should also change how we challenge what we do. Come explore the possibilities with this workshop of taking the Pilates Principles and variations of the original moves to new choreographic variations. Reaching the ultimate goal of improving people’s posture by challenging them off the mat in standing variations.
Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Kathy Corey
Dr. Veronica Settepassi Evidence is growing every day to support the positive role of exercise or breast cancer patients and survivors. Physical activity improves both function and mental well being. Activity -- even modest activity – can improve inner strength and decrease the risk for recurrence. Exercise helps restore ease of movement and strength needed for daily activities. An active program helps rebuild endurance and regain energy to fight fatigue. This course presents research and protocols for designing a program to help rebuild endurance and regain energy to fight fatigue.
The Pilates Arc
Brett Howard
Topic to be announced
Lolita Shares her ReformerLolita San Miguel Lolita shares her reformer work with in depth knowledge of the original programming and her evolution of the work.
5:15 – 6:15WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION and EXHIBITIONIncluded for all presenters and attendees
6:15 – 7:15ROUND TABLEIncluded for all presenters and attendees



9:00 – 11:00Matwork and The Importance of the Pilates Principles
Alan Herdman
A mixture of pre-pilates and traditional Pilates exercises to demonstrate the importance of careful preparation. Introducing the basic principles and the importance of theses principles in all of the work.
Exploring the Pilates Method on the Apparatus
Lolita San Miguel
Join Lolita as she explores the Pilates work on the apparatus.
The Classical Wunda Chair
Brett Howard
Students will have the chance to learn the Classical repertoire and deepen their knowledge about the Wunda Chair. The workshop consist of exercises from basic to advanced and will include modification, progressions and advancements as well as considerations for special populations.
A history of stretching within the Pilates method – Reformer Program
Anthony Lett
Anthony Lett is the author of two books on flexibility and suppleness within the Pilates method. Anthony will look at the history of this quality within the method, and his recent developments. The workshop will be part lecture and part practical, using the Pilates reformer. Features include:
Joseph Pilates and his interest in flexibility, using historical photos and written material.
Recent developments in Pilates and stretching
3D analysis of some of the traditional exercises, and their flexibility requirements
The importance of flexibility to classical repertoire, and the need to include this quality in teacher training programs.
Practical segments within the lecture on the Pilates reformer where students can participate in some classical Pilates stretching exercises with modern "tweaks"
Kathy Corey
This class is open for all to share and experience our unity through the power of the matwork.
12:30 – 1:30EXHIBITIONOpen for all


1:30 – 3:30MiniBall Pilates
Michael King
This workshop is a Pilates based Matwork class incorporating the miniball. This small portable piece of equipment adds challenge, variety and also aids students to the original Pilates moves. Michael will show how it can be used within a One to One sessions but also in Group Class with choreographed sequences
The History of Pilates
Lolita San Miguel and Brett Howard
First Generation Teacher, Lolita San Miguel who worked with the source and was certified by Joseph Pilates (through the State University of New York), with a certificate from Carola Trier, feels privileged to be able to share the history of the Pilates Method. She wants all Pilates practitioners to feel the essence of our professional parents and those “elders” who followed in their footsteps. She shares much information and delightful anecdotes about them. Brett brings archival information to add to this interesting and enlightening seminar.
The Pilates Arc
Alan Herdman
Using the Pilates Arc as a stand alone piece of equipment and as a useful addition to the work on the reformer and the trapeze table
Healthy Men – Happy Men
Alexander Bohlander
Health support for the Pilates Minority! Join Alexander for a reformer program designed for men to support health and happiness in this increasing Pilates market.
3:45 – 4:30MAT ROOM
Open for all

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Ambassadors & Countries

The purpose of the Ambassador program is to create international communities within our group to promote unity and to make our travel together easy and fun.

As your Ambassador, I will put together travel information so we can coordinate airline and ground transportation. And, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. If I have contacted you, please check my name in the Ambassadors box when you register. If you want to join our group for travel information and the registration discount, just check my name when you register.

We will be very happy to have you join us.


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