Pilates is a form of exercise developed by its namesake, Joseph Pilates, in the 1920s. Originally, it was used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war who needed a safe and effective way to regain the fitness lost during their sedentary captivity. Though most of the exercises in the original Pilates program were performed on a mat on the floor, Joseph developed special pieces of Pilates equipment, such as the reformer, to guide a person through the proper range of motion for Pilates exercises, until their body was strong enough to do the Pilates floor exercises.
IM=X Pilates – a combination of physiologically based body alignment techniques and ballet dance form. With the use of a strengthening ring and weighted bars, clients can work on and strengthen their abdominal core, pelvis, lower back, and upper back while at the same time lengthening, elongating and making leaner the legs and arms. Additonally, this type of pilates focuses on spinal alignment and elongation. Many clients experience better posture and may even increase their height through the decompression of their vertebrae with regular and dedicated practice.