Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries.
As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.
Pilates developed in the aftermath of the late 19th century physical culture of exercising in order to alleviate ill health.
Evidence from studies show that Pilates improves balance with regular practice. Regular Pilates sessions can help muscle conditioning in healthy adults, when compared to doing no exercise.
Health benefits of Pilates:-
1. improves concentration
2. relaxes body muscles
3. improved posture
4. improved stabilization of spine
5. increases lung capacity and circulation
6. increased muscle strength and toning of body
7. improved physical strength and balance
8. rehabilitation and prevention of injuries with respect to muscles
9. improved physical coordination and balance
10. enhanced muscular control and increase in hand eye coordination.
The Pilates method is taught to suit each person and exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels. It helps everyone and is suitable for every body type.