Pilates is based on original exercises devised by Joseph Pilates, therefore Pilates isn’t a new concept but an adaptation of the original works of Joseph Pilates. The exercises have been modified in keeping with research of the 21st Century. Joseph Hubertus Pilates devised and named his method “The Art of Controlology”. This term refers to how this approach encourages the participant to make use of their mind to better control their muscles.
The Pilates method is designed to strengthen the body’s core postural muscles. These muscles stabilise the body’s torso, which means the body can improve both its flexibility and strength, yet without adding muscle mass. The method also incorporates the mind body connection through breath and movement, thereby helping to balance the mind and body. Pilates helps to rebalance the body which therefore brings it into its correct alignment.