Pilates is an exercise regimen created by Joseph H. Pilates (1883-1967). Originally called “contrology,” Pilates focuses on the core muscles, which help keep the body in balance and are essential to supporting the spine. Pilates can be performed by virtually anyone, young and old alike, and helps develop a "natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work."
Pilates helps to develop core strength by strengthening the deep muscles of the abdomen, lower back and pelvic floor. Pilates practitioners demonstrate greater flexibility, stamina and endurance.
You’ll never know unless you try!!! Pilates is low impact so it is very, very safe. In fact, many health professionals including physical therapists and chiropractors recommend Pilates for physical therapy and rehabilitation for injuries resulting from sports, accidents or other medical conditions. There are a variety of exercises with modifications that allow you to start slow and increase the intensity of your workouts as your fitness level improves.
Regardless of your age, weight or physical condition, Pilates can help build strength, flexibility, stamina and coordination. It can improve your posture, increase mental fitness and body awareness, relieve stress and help you to manage chronic pain.
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