The Pilates method of training is based on the original works of German born Joseph Pilates. Joseph designed a series of exercises that used both physical and mental techniques to condition the body. His original method of exercise was devised for actors, dancers and athletes.
In the 1920′s, he used his studio in New York to run exercise programmes that complimented the training they were already undertaking to help build strength, improve posture and increase flexibility.
In recent years Pilates has gone from being virtually unknown to being widely adopted by gyms, studios and health clubs, running Pilates programmes and being guided by Pilates methodology.