Pilates is an exercise discipline which focuses on developing strength in the central core muscles of the body and in so doing promotes good posture and flexibility. It takes its name from Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) who refined his technique whilst interred in England during the First World War.
Pilates’ technique was influenced by the very basic facilities and equipment that would have been available to him in the internment camp. Most of the exercises require very little space and can be practiced on a simple mat. Since his death, the technique has been further developed with a wider range of equipment and moves employed.
Many instructors continue to teach in the traditional Pilates style whilst others have incorporated the more modern developments. Each instructor will have their own style drawing on their own experience and training.