Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph H Pilates at the turn of last century. Pilates originally named it Body Contrology because his method uses the mind to control the muscles. He believed that mental and physical health are inter-related. Pilates was initially created for rehabilitation, but was later adopted by dancers and athletes and is now used by millions from all walks of life.
The Pilates method of exercise involves a series of controlled movements that engage both the body and mind. It focuses on strengthening and conditioning all the muscle groups with focused breathing to employ the body’s core and posture. With systematic practice of specific exercises, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness regime, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training, and ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. The outcome of Pilates training is an overall balanced body that is strong, flexible and toned.