WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a body conditioning routine developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. Pilates training involves exercise both with and without the use of specialised Pilates exercise equipment. Joseph Pilates believed that our body could be transformed into a perfect “powerhouse” resulting in increased strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and better spinal / pelvic alignment. Regular Pilates exercise encourages a heightened awareness of personal movement, better breathing technique and mental focus. It assists in lengthening and sculpting muscle rather than adding sheer bulk. These exercises can be modified according to your fitness level and range from beginner to advanced, even assisting with rehabilitation and professional athletic training. Intensity can be increased once your body is ready to adapt to more challenging positions and the variety of exercise possible across the pilates mat classes and specialised equipment is enormous.