Background to Pilates
Pilates is not new. It is an exercise discipline that gained popularity with dancers in New York during the 1920s. However Joseph Hubertus born in Germany during the 1880s originally developed some of his methods with prisoners of war who had lost limbs or suffered injury.
His work with dancers was far removed from his earlier remedial work. A lot of his methods were drawn from Tai Chi and Yoga. Unfortunately we only have material from his later days of practice and many of those exercises are very unsuitable for the general public!!! Modern day Pilates combines the best principles of Pilates with sports science and research from the 21st Century. Simply that! Modern day Pilates is a modern contemporary approach to an old exercise discipline.