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What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates. In Pilates, a specific sequencing of precise movements emphasizes the balanced development of the whole body. Pilates movements begin from the deep core, working to optimize both strength and flexibility of all muscles in order to support efficient, pain-free movement in all joints. The system emphasizes breath and optimal oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates movement decompresses the body from daily stresses, allowing you to participate fully in your daily life to a ripe old age.


The repertoire of Pilates exercises includes:

  • Mat Work—on a Pilates floor mat, you move your body through a full range of motion, in all planes of movement. Progressions of floor exercises build core stabilization while balancing strength and flexibility.
  • Equipment Work —employs a full range of specially designed Pilates equipment, using resistance to strengthen muscle systems and improve joint alignment.

In our increasingly technological world, you must remain physically active to maintain whole body health. The Pilates method trains your body to move with ease and economy of effort, in partnership with your brain and the central nervous system. Effective practise of Pilates exercises requires:

  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centering
  • Precision
  • Rhythm/ Flow
  • Breathing

Who can do Pilates? Athletes and dancers love the balance Pilates brings, along with recovery from the demands of their rigorous training. Seniors, post-pregnant women, people recovering from injuries and anyone else who wants to remain able-bodied all their lives.  Pilates has something for everyone. 


The system accommodates a wide range of abilities and body limitations.   You increase the intensity as your body responds to the effects of practice and fitness improves.


History  and Benefits of Pilates