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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates developed his unique form of exercise at the beginning of the 20th century. This new method was designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises, coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavour, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.

Benefits of Pilates

General fitness

  • Improves posture, mobility and flexibility.
  • Increases muscle tone and length.
  • Promotes a more supportive core.
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders.
  • Fosters the health of joints.
  • Compliments training for athletes and dancers.
  • Integrates mind, body and spirit.
  • Facilitates physical rehabilitation and prevents injuries.

Health conditions

  • Excellent for ante and post-natal women.
  • Alleviates aches and pains.
  • Maintains bone density.
  • Develops lung function and circulation.
  • Beneficial form of exercise for scoliosis, osteoporosis, arthritis and MS.
  • Improves balance and coordination in the elderly.

Who is Pilates suitable for?

Anyone can do Pilates as the exercises can be modified for various body types, fitness levels and health conditions. Pilates enthusiasts range from the 80-year-old back pain sufferer to the elite athlete.