Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise program originated by Joseph Pilates. It focuses attention on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
This is achieved through eight main principles; concentration, centring, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement.
Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, neurological conditions, sports injuries, arthritis, stress related illness and before and after pregnancy.