Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph H. Pilates .The method is based on a program that includes 500 exercises (Mat and Apparatus) of strengthening and stretching the body muscles simultaneously. The approach is holistic treating the body as a whole unit using the mind to master the muscles contraction and the movements which are functional for performing our daily tasks.
The Pilates workout lengthens and strengthen the body, improves endurance, coordination, balance, muscle flexibility and our joints’ range of motion; it can also relieve stress and stimulate the circulatory system. The Pilates method focuses on the body core (the “Powerhouse”) and on proper alignment and posture which creates maximum stability, effectiveness and safety of movement. The body core is the mid-section of the trunk between the bottom of the ribcage and hip line and it includes the 35 muscles of the pelvic floor, abdominal, back and hips. The strength of these muscles moves “from inside to outside” as we learn to breath properly, isolate particular groups of muscles, and perform slow, controlled movements.
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