What is Pilates?
Pilates was first developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century as a fitness regime. He later refined the exercises when working with dancers from the New York City Ballet.
Pilates is an exercise based programme that places emphasis on core control, which means strengthening your core muscles. It differs from traditional abdominal and leg strengthening due to its focus on alignment and control. This ensures that the correct muscles are used, resulting in specific toning with each exercise, which helps prevent the body from moving incorrectly.
Pilates helps you to
Strengthen and tone muscles
Increase your flexibility
Improve your posture
Develop body awareness
Improve your general well being
Reduce back and joint pain
The exercises progress from basic mat work exercises where you focus on co-ordination, breathing and control, to more complex sequences of dynamic exercises using equipment such as resistance bands and exercise balls.