Evolved from techniques created by Joseph H. Pilates more than 70 years ago, Pilates is a non-aerobic form of exercise that dramatically improves strength, flexibility, co-ordination and posture. Controlled, smoothly flowing exercises train both the body and mind, improving posture, muscle imbalances and body awareness. Deep, lateral breathing is encouraged, helping circulation, energy levels and general well being. Pilates is not an overnight cure, but it becomes a way of life which when practiced regularly gives long lasting results.
Following operations or injury it is gentle and supportive, giving the body time to recover and build strength in weaker areas. It is safe throughout pregnancy, targeting muscle groups that will help both leading up to and following birth. It is effective for stress related conditions, improving circulation and flexibility, thereby releasing tension, but it is equally beneficial for those wishing to streamline their bodies and improve general well being.