Pilates is something that most people have heard of and that's about it. I feel like it's the Kevin Bacon of exercise: everyone has a friend of a cousin's friend who's sister does Pilates.
While the practice of Pilates has become more mainstream in the last 20 years, it has been around considerably longer. Also, the origins of the method are much different than how is it commonly perceived.
To clear things up and drop some knowledge on you, I present a short clip about the History of Pilates...(this is one of my favorite Pilates videos to watch, and not because it is a cartoon!)