Develop core strength through pilates exercises

Pilates aims to bring balance and mobility to the whole body.

Its adaptable exercises aim to stabilise and mobilising the joints whilst strengthening the deep postural muscles that keep our bodies functional and more able to enjoy every day life.

All exercises are done slowly with precision and flow of movement aiming to provide a safe and effective form of exercise.

It's mat based exercises put lots of emphasis on core strength and are often used as a form of rehabilitation, recommended by physiotherapists and other health-care practitioners.

In particular the exercises are recommended for problems such as arthritis, postural problems and stress related illnesses.

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. Pilates immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called contrology – for several decades.

Today's Pilates classes have something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness. The exercises can be adapted and developed to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their bodies.

Before starting any exercise programme, it's advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or injuries.