Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1883. He developed a system of exercises during the first half of the 20th century which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.
The first generation of students who studied with Joseph Pilates and went on to open studios and teach the method are collectively known as The Elders.
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Modern day Pilates styles, both "traditional" and "contemporary", are derived from the teaching of these first generation students.
The method was originally confined to the few and normally practiced in a specialised studio, but with time this has changed and pilates can now be found in community centers, gyms and physiotherapy rooms as well as in hybrid practice. The “traditional” form still survives and there are also a variety of “contemporary” schools, such as Modern Pilates, which have adapted the system and brought the methods into the 21st Century.
Leonie J Dykes