Pilates is INTELLIGENT EXERCISE, developed by the German boxer Joseph Pilates, where the mind and breath control the body. Incredibly effective -- it's used for physical fitness, rehabilitation from injury, pre/post pregnancy, for athletes/dancers, to anyone at any age.

Focusing on deep core work (the Powerhouse) and five basic principles:

1. The breath - Proper breathing ensures that your muscles (and organs) have enough oxygen; you release tension, and gain a better focus which includes the whole body
2. Pelvic placement (stabilization of the spine)
3. Rib cage placement (stabilization of the upper back, abdominal engagement)
4. Scapular movement (stabilization of the neck and upper back)
5. The head and cervical spine
  

“The first requisite of happiness is physical fitness” Joseph Pilates