Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to restore balance and alignment to the body by retraining the deep stabilising muscles and re-establishing correct movement patterns. The pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany in the early 20th century, who designed the exercise form with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. Performed with concentration and precision, quality of movement is emphasied rather than mindless repetition, and a focus on breathing and centering promotes relaxation and stress relief.
Controlled flowing movements are used to target postural and core muscles around the spine and torso, creating enhanced stability and mobility, thereby alleviating and preventing pain and dysfunction. Pilates does not target your cardiovascular fitness, but is an excellent means of keeping strong and supple. It is appropriate for any age and activity level, from those who are inactive to competitive athletes, and can be done pre- and post pregnancy, as well as post-injury or operation.
The benefits of regular pilates include: