Pilates is a series of controlled and repetitive exercises which aim at increasing core strength. The core is defined as the region around the pelvis and lumbar spine and is controlled mainly by the deep layers of the abdominal muscles. There is a strong focus on quality of movement patterns and on the mind restraining the body’s muscles to be maximally efficient in their roles. The exercises are performed on the mat and on various pieces of equipment such as the Reformer, the Trapeze table, the wundachair and the spine corrector.
Recently, physiotherapists have incorporated the latest research in muscle balance and proximal stabilisation to modify some of the traditional Pilates exercises to make it even more effective as a rehabilitative too. This is in keeping with Joseph Pilates’ original idea, whilst continually striving for optimal safety and use of the recent technology advances.