The Pilates method has been endorsed by physicians for almost a century. It was originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to help strengthen and condition muscles. Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline and realign their body. It does this without the bulking up of more conventional workout methods. Author Brooke Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises. The exercises are clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings, and unique visualization exercises.