Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. The emphasis is on proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. It was named after 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, including exercises that work on proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.
Mat work exercises are performed in various positions a mat, sometimes using small equipment, such as balls, blocks, bands and chairs, to assist or challenge the body as needed.
When practicing Pilates regularly, you can improve a number of common health concers:
· core strength and stability,
· posture and balance,
· back pain.