Developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates combines Eastern and Western philosophies of physical and mental development to promote neuro-muscular harmony, balance and co-ordination, while increasing strength and flexibility. Pilates focuses on building a healthy, injury-free body by encouraging controlled and precise exercises that require discipline and dedication. It centers the body with breathing awareness while maintaining dynamic spinal stabilization. Pilates builds strength from inside out; by re-balancing both the body and mind.
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to aid in rehabilitation of the body. When injuries occur it is important to not push the body but assess the cause of the injury. Once the cause of the injury is known, it is possible to re-educate the body to learn healthy postural habits. When the body knows a new way in which to hold itself, further injuries in the future can be prevented.