Moira Stott was a principal dancer with the City of Toronto Ballet. After incurring an injury, she studied Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates’ original proteges. When she returned to Toronto, Stott consulted physical therapists and sports medicine experts, who helped her modernize the technique. At the time, it was not possible to buy a reformer in Toronto, so her husband built one for her. This began a successful equipment manufacturing business.