About Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercise coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also a an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.

Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination-both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one's life.

-- The Pilates Method Alliance