Pilates, named after Joseph Pilates, initially consisted of 34 fundamental exercises with the aim of coordination and connection of the mind, body and spirit. These exercises have developed over time. In spite of the different teaching styles by different teachers the eight key principles have remained and are followed by all: control, concentration, powerhouse-centring, breathing, precision, flow, coordination and alignment.
Pilates classes are mostly mat based, they are suitable for all levels through the use of modifications for beginners and more advanced offerings for regular practitioners.
The benefits of a regular Pilates class are for both the body and mind. Regular practice leads to improvements in core strength, muscular imbalances, flexibility, posture, balance and much more. There is also an overall benefit in the way it improves our general wellbeing.