The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940s. It is a unique and versatile method of exercise aimed to improve body awareness, posture, strength and flexibility. The original Classical exercises devised by Joseph Pilates are still valued today and are graded or adapted to suit the client.
A general matwork class involves a maximum of 15 clients, to enable some individual attention and guidance to be provided within the class environment. Small equipment such as soft balls, bands, foam rollers are also sometimes used in class and often a short relaxation exercise is included.