Pilates is a method of strengthening, lengthening and properly aligning the bones and muscles of the body.
Mat Pilates borrows from disciplines such as dance, yoga and classic calisthenics. The standard Pilates system of exercise uses many different pieces of equipment, such as the reformer, cadillac and barrel. But, the mat Pilates series of exercise is performed equipment-free, with the moves adapted to work with just your body and a floor mat for cushioning and support.
Developed in the early 1930’s by Joseph Pilates, it was made popular by the ballet community, primarily in New York City, by a need to rehabilitate the body from the rigorous demands of ballet dancers. Physical therapists realized that it was an excellent way to help rehabilitate patients with injuries in most all of the patients they treated and the method became more widespread.
Through regular practice, the body can become incredibly strong, posture can be corrected, and the overall well-being of the mind and body improved.