Why are there different styles of Pilates?
After the death of Joseph Pilates in 1968, his wife Clara and others he trained continued his work. However, some Pilates followers felt that the system could be improved upon, and that some of Pilates' assumptions about the human body were not in accord with modern medical research. Others refused to change the tradition, insisting that the Pilates exercises be practiced exactly as Joseph Pilates had done in his life. As a result, today there are many schools of exercise claiming the name of Pilates, some teaching the traditional Pilates method and others (e.g. Stott Pilates) adapting Pilates to current medical findings.