Pilates is a form of exercising targeting the core muscles including the abdominals, back and pelvic floor. The goal of Pilates is to train these core muscles to always stay connected. We do this by using a specific breath technique to engage these deeper core muscles, along with a combination of exercises utlizing body resistance (mat) and spring loading (equipment). By emphasizing the use of these deeper muscles rather than just the surface muscles, we are training the body to develop in a long and lean way as opposed to becoming short and bulky. Pilates also focuses on having proper alignment during these exercises so that posture improves, and the muscles strenghten in a balanced way. Simply put, Pilates retrains the body to perform optimally. This can mean increasing balance for injury prevention, or developing greater stability for better sport performance. Whatever you personal fitness goal, Pilates can help you reach it.