What is Pilates

Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.

Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness programme developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method “contrology”. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as United Kingdom & the United States. As of 2005 there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength, and develops control and endurance throughout the entire body.

It places an emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core consists of the muscles of the abdomen, low back and hips. The core is often called the “power house” and is thought to be the key to a person’s stability.

Pilates allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level. It can also be modified for all body types or injuries, age, individual ability and goals. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.