Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
Pilates, also termed “Contrology”, is presented as the art of controlled movements. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength, develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, and developing a strong “powerhouse” or core, and improving coordination and balance.
Core strength and torso stability, along with the six Pilates principles, set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. Ultimately those who really succeed at their sport learn to use their core muscles, but in Pilates this integrative approach is learned from the beginning.