Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and is today a well renowned method for building long, lean muscles and flexibility through controlled movements and breathing instead of the short, bulky muscles which are most prone to injury and little desired by most women. The Pilates method builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole body.
In Pilates we focus on slow, smooth and flowing movements with control of breathing and a correct spinal and pelvic alignment. The deep abdominal muscles are engaged to create a strong core. The small and weak muscle groups are challenged and trained just as much as the stronger and bigger muscles to create a more balanced and conditioned musculature and avoid injury or over training.
It’s the perfect exercise not only for athletes, dancers and fitness junkies, but also for people who need to rehabilitate injuries, who need physical therapy, women who have recently given birth or who have had complications during childbirth and need a safe and slow form of exercise to get back on track.