The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates, who as a child, suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever.
To correct the physical effects these diseases produced, Pilates created a regimen of exercises to strengthen and elongate the muscles involved, for the purpose of returning them to normal function.
During World War I, Pilates altered a hospital bed to create a prototype exercise table where patients could begin recovery while exercising on their backs.
This invention would evolve into the Trapeze Table, one of the main components of the Pilates method of exercise.
Pilates also invented the Universal Reformer, a device equipped with straps and springs to provide resistance.
The primary purpose of the Pilates Method is to experience the sensation and movement from the inside out.
Pilate exercises are a series of sequential and carefully performed core movements.
Each movement designed to stretch and strengthen muscles.
Carried out correctly, these movements increases tone, flexibility, postural alignment, coordination and endurance.