What is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact exercise programme designed to enhance
posture, strength, flexibility, balance and stability for anyone of any age
and fitness level.
Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind
and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and
flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates
long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle
groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a
particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the
abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the“powerhouse”).
The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes
one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes
a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the
body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity.
Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialised
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve
happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30
you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong
then you are young."
Benefits of Pilates
- Improves balance, co-ordination, circulation, strength & flexibility
- Increases core strength and stability
- Re-balances muscles around the joints
- Improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, dance etc)
- Helps prevent injuries
- Complements massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic and other
- No-impact exercise, easy on the joints
- Helps relieve aches and pains
- Improves posture