Pilates is a unique exercise
system designed to stretch and strengthen the entire body while simultaneously calming and quieting the mind.

Developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, Pilates uses specially designed equipment as well as traditional mat work to restore and strengthen musculoskeletal balance. Practicing Pilates regularly will improve your posture and core stability, increase flexibility and develop long lean muscle tone. Exercises can vary in skill level, from Rehabilitative to Advanced so it is suited to everyone.

Increased body awareness can assist in releasing the stress and tension that we habitually hold within ourselves and thus enable our bodies to move with more energy and freedom. Muscles will strengthen and lengthen in such a way that supports safer and easier movement, limiting any impact on the joints. The emphasis is on using the correct muscles, in the correct order with the correct amount of tension. Breathing is the key, encouraging less tension and more fluidity and freedom of movement.

Pilates is also ideal for specific rehabilitation of many injuries and conditions. Increasing numbers of physiotherapists, chiropractors and medical practitioners recommend studio Pilates for rehabilitation purposes.

Pilates is also excellent for:
- General fitness and improved body awareness
- Improved postural alignment
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Performance enhancement for athletes and dancers
- Pregnancy (ante and post-natal)
- Osteoporosis