The Pilates method
"The Pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, correct posture,restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."
( J.H. Pilates)
Pilates is a form of exercises that's for everyone. No matter what your age or fitness level, it will work for you transforming dramatically the way your body looks, feels and performs. Like many other kind of exercise, Pilates increases metabolism, promotes respiratory and circulatory function, and improves bone density and muscles tone. The core concept of Pilates is strengthening of the "Powerhouse" -the central muscle group engirding the abdomen, back and pelvis-.
It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs, longer and linear musculatur and a flat abdomen.
And like Yoga and martial arts it can help you to "get centered" and calm your nerves.
It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest form of exercise today.