Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance. All exercises stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:
Improved core strength and stability
Improved posture and balance
Prevention and treatment of back pain
What is Reformer or Apparatus Pilates?
Reformer or Apparatus exercises are those performed on pieces of equipment that utilize springs, gears, straps and ropes to provide resistance to both aid and challenge. Many of the exercises on the apparatus are similar to Mat work but the equipment can support a beginning student, allow an experienced student to find deeper connections, and add resistance to a more athletic client.