“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.” Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a method of exercise that evenly conditions the body. It stretches and strengthens all the muscles giving the body a well-defined shape and targets the deep “core” muscles that are so important for good posture.
The method concentrates the mind and encourages correct breathing to increase lung capacity and blood circulation. It improves bone density and promotes good joint mobility. It ensures that the right muscles in the body do the right job, thus correcting faulty movement patterns. Pilates dramatically increases core strength and when practiced regularly it will produce incredible benefits for your body.
What differentiates Pilates from other forms of exercise is that it is based on a deep understanding of how the skeletal and muscular framework of the body works. It is therefore extremely safe and beneficial to those with back problems, sports injuries, pre or post-natal as well as those who are 100% fit and want to stay that way.
The growth in its popularity is testimony to how enormously effective the method is. Highly recommended by health professionals, it is considered the way forward for rehabilitation and general well-being whatever your age as well as the ultimate workout for those who want to greatly improve flexibility, strength and tone.
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. This makes it a suitable choice for all ages and fitness.