Pilates was originally created by a man called Joseph Hubertus Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1880. He was a sickly child but worked hard at overcoming his ailments by studying exercise such as Yoga, and by his teenage years he excelled at sports including gymnastics. He moved to England in 1912 and when World War 1 began he worked as an orderly in hospitals, helping bed-ridden patients recover and rehabilitate with his exercise regimes.
He moved to America with his wife and together they opened the first Pilates studio in New York. The wonder of Pilates gradually spread and today there are many practitioners around the world practicing and evolving Joe’s Pilates method, using it to benefit countless numbers of people. For many years, Physiotherapy treatments have focused on restoring abnormal movement caused by muscle imbalances and stiff joints and the use of Pilates has become an invaluable treatment tool to rehabilitate those with movement dysfunctions, and as a way of preventing the recurrence of pain and injuries.