Jospeh Pilates developed his concept in England whilst interred during the First World War, basing his principles on yoga and Tai Chi.
Whilst working at a hospital he began devising equipment to rehabilitate his patients, taking springs from beds and rigging them to create resistance.
Pilates is mainly taught on a mat, sometimes using specialist equipment that has changed little from the original hospital bedsprings.
The balance and control taught in Pilates helps in all areas of ones life. His methods are so successful that all types of people now use them from ballet dancers to rugby players.
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