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Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is a method of physical conditioning designed to improve muscle tone, physical strength, flexibility, posture and balance. Developed over 60 years ago by Joseph Pilates, these focused and controlled movements in combination with the abdominal and spinal muscle breathing optimizes the whole being. Emphasis is placed on the quality of movement rather than the number of repetitions. By learning and practicing Pilates, you will achieve many benefits including: