Pilates is a form of non-impact exercise, aimed at improving flexibility, balance, strength and lumbopelvic control. It is named after Joseph H. Pilates and was developed from his ‘Contrology’ exercise regime (i.e., the science of movement).
The Pilates principles involve breathing, concentration, control, precision and flow. The Pilates method targets the deep postural muscles of the body, while simultaneously controlling the muscles causing movement. It is a versatile and adaptable form of exercise, making it appropriate for all fitness levels.
Pilates has been shown to improve muscle tone, joint mobility and body awareness, while reducing muscle tension and relieving stress. It has also been shown to be an effective method of rehabilitation, following injury or illness.