Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, throughout his youth he practiced many forms of physical training, such as diving and gymnastics. His philosophy was based on working the body and mind together. To begin with Pilates was mainly practised by dancers however nowadays it is practised all over the world by a huge range of participants. Pilates benefits a huge range of people by working on:
- Restoring muscle balance
- Improving muscle tone
- Improving Vitality
With specialised exercises Pilates benefits people with osteoporosis, osteopenia and M.S, it is also beneficial pre and postnatal. Pilates is also used by Athletes, Celebrities and the general public wanting to improve on their body condition and posture.
The Pilates method is centred around six principals which include:
Joseph Pilates believed that the exercise itself was not as important as the way that it was performed.