Developed in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, Pilates is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the whole body. Pilates elongates and strengthens the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aims to strengthen the deep torso muscles in non-impact way.
Pilates is designed to make the body stronger and more structurally efficient, and develops the whole body as one giving a longer, leaner, look and feel.
Regularly practicing Pilates brings life changing benefits:
- Improves posture, & relieve aches and pains related to bad posture
- Trims the waistline, tones and flattens the stomach
- Tones and defines muscles, creating a long and lean look
- Tightens your buttocks
- Prevents shoulders from rounding over
- Increases back strength and stability
- Reduces stress levels
- Gives greater joint mobility
- Increases flexibility
- Boost the lymphatic system & circulatory systems
- Improves breathing
Many in the medical profession including GP's, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists recognise and recommend Pilates as a fantastic method of returning to exercise from rehabilation from injury, periods of inactivity, and conditions such as arthritus, osteoporosis, scoliosis and multiple sclerosis.
Also it is the exercise of choice for ballet dancers, professional dancers, gymnasts, sportsmans and athletes.
"If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape then you are old. If at the age of 60 you are strong and supple then you are young." ....Joseph Pilates.