A local Pilates instructor is a fitness professional who focuses on strengthening the body, especially the core. Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates, who was placed in internment during World War I. He began using his exercise program, which focuses on balance, posture and flexibility, to rehabilitate detainees who were suffering from injuries or disease. Pilates exercises are done on a mat and/or with special equipment. A local Pilates instructor can be a valuable addition to your healthcare team, whether you’re managing a chronic disease such as heart disease, recovering from Achilles tendon surgery or rehabilitating from an injury such as an ankle sprain. Your local Pilates instructor can work with your local physiotherapist to develop a safe and effective fitness program for you.