Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Exercises are performed on a mat and on specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity.
Pilates focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Every exercise is performed with attention to the breath, proper form and efficient movement patterns. Pilates strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and decreases stress. The exercises are relatively safe, low impact and appropriate for all ages. Pilates focuses on learning to move better so the benefits are felt in everyday life.
Pilates is used in studios, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals to improve the health and wellbeing of clients from the recently injured to the super fit. Pilates continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of all who want to improve their ability to move with strength, ease and grace.