Pilates was designed by a man! Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer born in Germany. Originally inspired from yoga and dance, “Contrology” is based on the principles of precise muscle control, focus and breathing and is done on machines or mat.
The exercises work the deepest muscles to decompress, stabilize and align the spine using the core muscles to lift against gravity. They lengthen, stretch and strengthen without adding bulk, improve balance and flexibility, posture and body awareness, mental and physical well-being.
Pilates is functional and improves diaphragmatic breathing, deep abdominal muscle activation, neutral position of the back, pelvis, neck and shoulder .Used in physical therapy, it is an ideal program to get back in shape after pregnancy, surgery, injury. At a higher fitness level Pilates helps performance in rotational sports like Tennis, Golf, Ski.. and will open the fascia lines of the torso and the hips( often restricted by overuse and bad posture).