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Joseph Pilates developed his concept in England whilst interred during the First World War, basing his principles on yoga and Tai Chi (See: Yoga, Tai Chi). Whilst working in a hospital he began devising equipment to rehabilitate his patients, taking springs from beds and rigging them to create resistance. Pilates is mainly taught on a mat, sometimes using specialist equipment that has changed little from the original hospital bedsprings. Practiced faithfully Pilates yields numerous benefits, including increased lung capacity, strength, flexibility, posture and balance. The balance and control taught in Pilates helps in all areas of ones life. His methods are so successful that all types of people now use them from ballet dancers to rugby players.

Type: Wellness, Medical wellness Purpose: re-energizing, weight loss
Duration of treatment: 30-60 minutes
Doctor's prescription: not needed Where is it available?

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