In 1926 he immigrated to the US and opened a fitness studio in New York on 8th Avenue. By the early 1960’s Pilates worked with many important artists in the dance community including George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Ron Fletcher, and others
In 1945, Joseph Pilates published Return to Life Through Contrology, which described his philosophical approach to exercise. Soon, some of his students began opening studios of their own—some making subtle adaptations to the method—and word of Pilates slowly spread.
In 1967, at the age of 87, Joseph Pilates dies without leaving a will. It was only after his death that Contrology became known as the Pilates Method.