Pilates was created by Joseph H. Pilates to rehabilitate soldiers injured during World War I. He developed exercise apparatus for immobilized servicemen by attaching springs to hospital beds. Even now, the machines used in Pilates studios are centered on spring and pulley systems. Over a period of 25 years, he developed a body conditioning system, which has become known as the Pilates Method.
Pilates involves over 500 movements designed to easily strengthen and stretch muscles using the body's own gravity. Pilates may include matwork, props and use of specialized Pilates equipment. The exercises are gentle, the repetitions are low, and the benefits are great.
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