Pilates is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates more than 70 years ago. It is comprised of over 500 exercises, performed as a mat-based workout or using special resistance equipment.
The central concept of Pilates training is strengthening the so-called "Powerhouse" or core of the body - the deep abdominal muscles, buttock muscles and the muscles around the spine. A training program based on Pilates will stabilize the pelvis and shoulder girdle, stretching and strengthening the entire body with movement initiating from "the center".
Traditional methods of training and developing the body produce short, bulky muscles - precisely the type of musculature most prone to injury. Pilates elongates the spine, increasing the elasticity of muscles and the flexibility of joints. This balance between strength and flexibility drastically reduces the potential for injury.
Pilates emphasizes flowing movements that require using multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Controlled breathing & concentration are essential, making Pilates truly a workout for the body and mind.