What is pilates?
Pilates exercises the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises, re-balancing muscle use throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. The exercises build the body's core strength and improve posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises, which develop muscles without adding bulk.
Who is pilates for?
Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.
What's the difference between pilates and yoga?
While the methods are different, pilates and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats, whereas classic yoga doesn't require any equipment. Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.
What are the health benefits of pilates?
Regular pilates practise can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury. You can expect: a stronger, healthier back; a flatter tummy; a more toned, mobile and flexible body; better posture, fitness and general wellbeing with continuous practice of pilates.