Pilates is an exercise system named after its originator, Joseph Pilates. Mr. Pilates developed this system in the early 1900’s to improve his health and to support the health of fellow World War I in internees. Later, he incorporated the resistance of springs into rehabilitation programs for hospitalized patients, and then translated the use of springs into machines and created the unique equipment now used in the exercise system.
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Important principles of the Pilates exercise program include:
Initially the Pilates exercise program was primarily used by professional dancers, who appreciated improved strength, balance and flexibility, In the 1980’s Pilates was re-discovered and has now become a popular form of exercise for anyone interested in its health benefits.
The exercise system is usually taught in one of two formats: