What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise best known for strengthening the core muscles, the inner most muscles we use to maintain our posture. The method encourages the use of the mind to focus on these muscles, as well as breath and alignment.
Pilates resistance exercises are used to enhance strength, alignment, flexibility, stability and balance. Easily modified, they can be useful for a wide range of people with differing fitness levels, including dancers, athletes, seniors, people in various stages of rehabilitation and new mothers.
Pilates is taught in mat classes, on machines, in groups and individually. The exercises were originally designed to be taught individually using the machines, allowing the instructor to modify them to assist and challenge the student. Pilates group mat classes are now taught to Pilates students with a variety of experience, ideally with the instructor making appropriate modifications.