A clear practical introduction to Pilates. This form of exercise has been growing in popularity and is now being recommended by osteopaths, physiotherapists and GPs as one of the safest forms of exercise today. Gem Pilates demonstrates the various exercises with illustrated step-by-step instructions for easy use at home. A clear introduction to what Pilates is, how it has developed since it was invented by Jospeh Pilates in the 1920s, and how it works on keeping the body strong and healthy and imporving posture and alignment. What to expect in a Pilates class and the equipment used in the gym. Step by step instructions to over 20 movements that you can practise at home on a mat with minimal equipment. The basic principles of Pilates:* Centring; Alignment; Breathing; Control; Precision; Flowing Movement; Relaxation.