So what is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises developed by Josef Pilates in the 1920’s.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial
muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
Because of the principles of Pilates - focus, core activation, lateral breathing and continuous, lengthening movement - you feel and see changes very quickly, and you get to know your body in the process. It helps you to confidently define and rely on your
body in the way you want to.
It is fantastic as the first step in returning to exercise or overcoming injury.
It will complement other exercise or sports, creating a strong central base of support, greater body awareness and lengthened muscle tone.
In fact one of the best things about Pilates is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Improvements in the range of movement, flexibility and coordination will be seen which will only help improve your performance in sports such as Karate and Jeet Kune Do among others.