What is Pilates?
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War to improve the rehabilitation of its casualties. He believed that core control was the essence of controlling movement and that mental and physical health co-exist with each other.
Pilates is a total body conditioning system to train the local stabilizing muscles (the "core") to work more effectively and efficiently during everyday movements.
The body and mind work together, but it all starts with breathing and the core. If you do not know how to activate your core and pelvic floor correctly (there is more to it than "tightening your abs" or "pulling your belly button to your spine"!!) the body cannot function as efficiently.
By learning to activate your core correctly, learning your body's neutral alignment, breathing and concentration to work through flowing postures creates a full body workout.
Builds strength and muscle control
Teaches correct activation of the core and pelvic floor
Helps in the rehabilitation of injuries
Improves sporting performance
Low impact exercises but challenging
Multiple benefits for during pregnancy and post natally (see below) - can be adapted to reduce strain on abdominals and pelvic floor