Pilates is a series of body conditioning exercises that were developed by Joseph Pilates and focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body while restoring the body's natural, normal movements. It recognises that every individual has their own capabilities and potential and encourages you to proceed at your own pace. It is suitable for people of all ages and all levels of fitness and has many benefits which include:
- better posture
- stronger core muscles
- improved flexibility
- greater body awareness
- improved co-ordination, balance and alignment
- greater muscle tone and strength
- greater joint mobility
Its success rate has brought it to the attention of the medical profession and Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are now recommending Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available. However, as it is a low impact form of exercise, it is an idea to include another more intense aerobic exercise into your weekly routine.
The advantage is that the principles of Pilates do not need to be restricted to your classes as they can also be incorporated into your everyday life.
Before starting any exercise programme, it is advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or injury.