Pilates has been increasingly popular amongst dancers, golfers, footballers, triathletes, ice skaters and gymnasts because it is low impact, engages the abdominal muscles and reshapes and tones the whole body without stressing the joints. The sporting community has recognised the importance of alignment in reducing muscle imbalance. Pilates is practised to improve the muscle firing patterns for their selected activities.
Pilates uses controlled, precise exercises to develop flexibility, endurance and strength without adding bulk. The main emphasis involves working to regain optimal posture, especially of the spine, and learning to use the body’s stabilising muscles to promote correct body use in both sport and day-to-day activities. This is of the upmost importance in the day to day life of mothers and corporate employees.