Pilates is a form of exercise that aims at increasing muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the core muscles' of your body), therefore balancing muscular strength on both sides of your body , enhancing muscular control of your back and limbs and improving stabilisation of your spine.
Pilates focuses on alignment and core strength. In Pilates the focus is primarily on the deep postural muscles that run across the pelvis and support our backs.
The exercises will be slow and, in some cases, will focus on isolating and working on specific muscle groups.
The idea is to re-train our deep postural muscles instead of allowing the bigger muscle groups to take over. Mobilising, lengthening and generally rebalancing all muscles in the body is also part of the Pilates sessions.