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Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness.

Benefits 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

  • Improved stabilisation of your spine

  • Improved posture

  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances

  • Improved physical coordination and balance

  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back

  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries

  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries

  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing

  • Improved concentration

  • Increased body awareness

  • Stress management and relaxation

  • Renewed energy and vitality

  • General sense of calm and well being

  • Joint mobility

  • Healthy weight loss

  • Injury prevention or physical and rehabilitation therapy improved psyche and self-confidence


The two basic forms of Pilates are:

  • Mat-based Pilates – this is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance. The main aim is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination.

  • Equipment-based Pilates – this includes specific equipment that works against spring-loaded resistance, including the ‘reformer’, which is a moveable carriage that you push and pull along its tracks. Some forms of Pilates include weights (such as dumbbells) and other types of small equipment that offer resistance to the muscles.

We offer Pilates private training (by appointment) and small group Pilates classes in Sarasota!

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