Joseph Pilates developed his unique form of exercise at the beginning of the 20th century. This new method was designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises, coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
Anyone can do Pilates as the exercises can be modified for various body types, fitness levels and health conditions. Pilates enthusiasts range from the 80-year-old back pain sufferer to the elite athlete.