Pilates was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). He was determined to strengthen his own body by creating a unique approach: using the mind to master and control the body. His method is universal. Pilates is gentle enough for the beginner, challenging enough for the super-fit. Because Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, it does not stress your joints, making it safe and effective for all ages and fitness levels.
The Pilates Method follows carefully laid out principles based on a philosophical and theoretical foundation. It is not merely a collection of exercises but a method, developed and refined over more than 80 years of use and observation. While Pilates draws from many diverse exercise styles, from yoga to Greek ideals to Chinese acrobatics, there are certain inherent ruling principles that bring all these elements together under the Pilates name. These are the Pilates Principles of Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breathing and Flowing Movement.