Historic Video featuring Joe Pilates –   Please click here to stream the video !
historic video

This video, outstanding in letting us know Joe and Clara, is made up of films taken of Joe and Clara themselves and clients between the years 1932-1945. Reels and reels of these vintage films were given to Mary Bowen at the opening of her larger studio YOUR OWN GYM in 1981 in Northampton, MA. Ten years later Mary studied all the reels of footage choosing out the best examples for compiling this Historical Pilates DVD on Joe, Clara, clients and friends, 1932-45. During this time period Joe was in his prime, 49-62. This video remains a Pilates historical treasure.

Please click here to stream the video.


2- Mary’s Sturdy Square Sitting Stool – a lesson in how to sit!
chair stools
“Almost ALL our chairs have us sitting incorrectly. Here is a stool which teaches you how to sit correctly! Especially important for the hours you spend at your computer. But really anywhere at all!” in Mary’s words.
(Made by Mary’s husband, Alec Martin, to your own specifications for height and color of the seat)



3 – Mary Bowen’s Strap Set for Cadillac

In the 1980’s Mary created the use of straps for releases of the whole body. She found the best releases and drops into gravity she had ever discovered with these straps using them while sitting and moving on an EGG ball on the Cadillac. Used together, the straps and the EGG ball on the Cadillac are great tension reducers allowing for release of fascia and the lengthening and opening of the ribcage and whole spine through long gravity drops in a variety of postures. Kathy Grant got wind of what Mary was doing with her Cadillac straps and asked Mary for a set. Mary’s husband, Alec Martin, made a set for Kathy who added the use of straps to her own teaching.

Mary has made a short video demonstrating a number of her Straps/EGG ball release.

A MARY BOWEN STRAP SET includes 5 pairs of straps (10 in all) which attach to the right and left sides of the Cadillac’s top parallel poles.

Price: $250 a set

“Mary is the most senior Pilates Elder and Master Teacher who knew and studied with Joseph Pilates and Clara”