Pilates is a method of exercise designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body in correct posture and alignment. It takes a whole body, integrative approach to movement. The exercises are performed on finely crafted machines that support the body. With it’s focused breathing patterns, coupled with smooth controlled exercises adapted to your own body’s specific needs, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation. Most importantly, it adds a feeling of vitality to ones life.
Pilates yields numerous benefits including increased lung capacity and circulation; strength and flexibility; and coordination – both muscular and mental. Posture, balance, and core strength are all beautifully increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity naturally spills over into other areas of one’s life.