This is a great product; far better than any other Pilates video I've seen. And as a DVD, it has the advantage that you can navigate straight to the parts you want.
There is a short introduction which once seen needn't be repeated. But what follows is a comprehensive system of gentle stretching which reaches every part of the body, building from simple movements to a short, dance- like workout.
Anyone out of the habit of regular exercise, who wants to start, and also anyone with a pain condition, could definitely benefit in particular from trying this system.
Particular praise to the design of the soundtrack. Music accompanies all the exercises, and is perfectly timed so as to co-ordinate with the movements. So one can keep the proper, steady, pace of work even when looking away from the screen. In addition, the voice- over gives really effective, helpful instruction; letting you know how many reps of each movement, and warning for pitfalls and problems one might encounter.
I first used this pilates system more than a dozen years ago, on VHS. At the time I was quite ill with arthritis, and I found it to be very helpful and useable. Now I'm substantially better, I still find the system great use for avoiding the aches and pains, the tired and stale muscles, which go along with aging.
Some reviewers have criticised the overt advertising of a water product, which is fair comment up to a point. But I imagine that without the product placement, this excellent film might never have been made, so it is, I think, justifiable. And if you skip the introduction, you can miss the advertising completely.