Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise developed in the early 20th century by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates. Pilates called his method as "Contrology".

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility.

The health benefits of Pilates include :

  • Improved flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the 'core muscles' of your body).
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body.
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs.