What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system designed to strengthen the body and optimize physical performace. It was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Originally intended for the rehabilitation of WWII veterans, the physical benefits quickly became popular amongst dancers and other athletes.
The long lasting popularity of Pilates, unlike many other 'fad' exercise methods, is partially due to the fact that it is appropriate, and indeed, tailored, to every body. Pilates offers modifications and customizations for low-impact, injury-free exercise regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
Pilates encourages focus, control, and proper execution of various exercises in a flow pattern similar to a yoga class. The quality, not the quantity, of each exercise is emphasized. The main focus is the development and strengthening of the core, or "powerhouse". Having an awareness and understanding of how to engage the deep muscles of the core is essential; from this base, Pilates aims to increase strength, mobility, and agility of the entire body.