Pilates was originated by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist born in Germany in 1883. He developed a system of exercises during the first half of the 20th century which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.
Joseph Pilates published two books in his lifetime which related to his training method: Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising That Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education (1934) and Return to Life through Contrology (1945).
The Pilates Reformer is a carefully engineered exercise apparatus originally designed by Joseph Pilates and improved on over the past four decades. It features a sliding platform with a headrest, footbars and springbars for resistance.
Stone Ridge Healing Arts Pilates practitioners are Maiya Greaves and Melissa Bierstock