Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, Pilates is a system of exercises which improve flexibility and strength. The Pilates repetoire includes more than 500 exercises using the mat and five major apparatus to develop the body. At its core is the “powerhouse”—the muscles of the abdomen, lower back and buttocks—which when strong, allow the limbs to move with freedom.

Quality not quantity

The movements are performed in a mindful, controlled fashion with the emphasis on quality, not quantity. By engaging your body and mind you will experience a new, heightened, awareness of muscles and movement. The breath is used to stimulate, support and unite the muscles to make the exercises flow with grace and ease.

Benefits of Pilates

A typical Pilates class or workout on the apparatus will leave you feeling energized and balanced, not sore and stiff. Many people who practice regularly say that they notice an improvement in their posture and increased ease in performing everyday activities at work and home, not to mention an improvement in their appearance.

Pilates in rehab and sports

Pilates has been successfully integrated into physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, pre and post natal exercise classes, exercise for those with osteoporosis, and more. Pilates is also an ideal way for elite athletes to rehab following injury, or to cross train in off season workouts.