What is Pilates?
Pilates is a mind-body exercise method designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Pilates strengthens all the muscle groups, but particularly the deep “core muscles” which are so important to both our posture and our overall health and well being. By using controlled yet fluid movements the body is strengthened without bulk, resulting in a longer, stronger and flexible body. The exercises can change the way we move giving us improved posture, greater body awareness with better alignment and balance.
It works by using controlled, yet fluid movements, alongside a specific breathing pattern to reinforce correct spinal and pelvic alignment. Pilates is suitable for all levels of fitness and is particularly beneficial in helping the recovery and rehabilitation of many conditions including sciatica, disc problems and general back ache, sports injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as women’s pre-and post-natal health.