How Pilates Originated
The Pilates methodology was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War when he was an intern held captive in the UK. The exercise method is essentially designed to elongate, strengthen and create balance within the body.
Pilates developed his ideas by helping other internees on the road to recovery from serious injuries. This proved especially effective during the outbreak of influenza that struck the UK in 1918 when not one of Joseph Pilates’ trainees died.
What is known today as the reformer machine (found in many Pilates studios) was developed from Joseph attaching springs to beds to create resistance to help strengthen his patients.