Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Method is a non-impact exercise system that strengthens the entire body while emphasizing spinal alignment and body awareness. Pilates exercises enforce the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and body awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.


Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in the late 1800's. After spending much of his childhood as a sickly child, he spent his adolescence developing exercise techniques to strengthen his body that had been weak for so much of his life. Pilates was an entrepreneur of mind/body exercise and believed that exercise should incorporate the coordination of the body, mind and spirit.


He brought his exercise system to America in the 1920's and it has continued to grow in popularity because of its unparalleled approach to developing healthy, functional movement. The exercises are gentle and challenging at the same time and are both safe and effective for nearly everyone. The exercises are performed on a floor mat or on specially designed apparatus that Joseph Pilates created himself. The best known and most popular piece of apparatus is the Reformer named for its ability to "reform" the body. The Apparatus was designed to accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening, and aligning the body.

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