Pilates is a unique, holistic movement approach that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. By involving the whole body and the application of a number of Pilates Principles, Pilates encourages the balancing of the body so that you can look and feel better through:
- Improved postural development and healthier body alignment.
- Improved strength and muscle tone, particularly of the back, abdominal and pelvic muscles.
- Improved bone density and joint health.
- Improved flexibility with flowing and balanced movement.
- Reduced pain.
- Improved physical performance when used as an adjunct to other fitness/sport training programmes.
The performance of Pilates requires concentration of the mind, ‘concentration’ being one of the Pilates Principles. Most people find that the need to focus on their body during a Pilates session allows them to forget their daily life concerns. Typically, people leave class feeling rejuvenated, more relaxed and with an improved body-mind balance. In addition, this focus leads to an increased body awareness over time which aids personal development with Pilates as well as posture and movement in daily life.