The list author says: "Joseph Pilates taught in New York from 1926 to 1966 and his wife Clare ran it after his death (in 1967) until 1977. Their method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core focusing on breathing.
Mat work is the essence of a pilates workout but some experience it as too demanding. Joe Pilates created the universal reformer as a less tiring method of doing his exercises. He believed beginning exercise in the horizontal plane was important to relieve the stress and strain on the joints and to align the body before adding additional gravitational forces through the central axis while standing, sitting or kneeling.
Of all the pilates apparatus (please don't call them "machines"), the reformer is one of the most effective pieces of studio equipment. The reformer has a basic repertoire of 90+ exercise with 400+ variations and is great for an all over body workout. It also has been useful as a rehabilitation tool is suitable from the elderly to athletes."
"Three full Classical Pilates mat workouts that focus on the stability of the neck and back. Provides a very thorough and safe introduction to Pilates for an older person or someone who hasn't exercised in a while."
"Best used to teach mat pilates to children rather than a video they watch with you. Pilates & Imagination for Ages 5-7 Pilates & Education for Ages 8-10 Pilates & Pre-Training for Ages 10-12 Pilates & Training for Ages 12-17"
"First in a series by Stott focusing on the essentials of every move. These are by no means "basic" moves - these are the building blocks for the intermediate and advanced moves. Do not move forward in your practice unless you've mastered these first."