Pilates is a method of exercise, developed by German Born Joseph Pilates, designed to elongate and strengthen the body. Pilates can also help to improve and increase coordination, balance and flexibility. In addition, Pilates can relieve stress and tension and help to reduce the risk of injury. In other words, Pilates is so much more than just a set of exercises, that aim to build a so called ’strong core’ or ’perfect posture.
Pilates exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus that can provide either resistance or support for the movement, depending on your needs, or on a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.
Pilates is suitable for most regardless of age, ability or experience as exercises can be modified and adapted to meet individual requirements. Whether you are elderly or young, stiff or flexible, an office worker or an athlete Pilates can help you to improve your posture, body shape, movement and performance.