The Pilates Method is a program to bring the body into shape developed by Joseph Pilates, a German athlete and pioneer of Physiotherapy. It is a multifaceted approach to fitness that everyone, from professional dancer to sedentary office worker, benefit from it. With the aim of improving postural muscles of the body, Pilates builds strength from the inside, so that the body becomes more balanced and re-learns movement patterns to perform more efficiently. Pilates focuses on strengthening and toning the muscles in the center of the body, the abdomen, lower back and buttocks. Because of the emphasis on the extended contraction of the muscle and its focus on a good performance with less movement repetitions, Pilates builds strength without increasing muscle mass on. Pilates muscles are rather long and slender or short and thick. The unique thing about Pilates is its precise, controlled and fluid movements as in dance the body learns to move freely and smoothly without tension.