At it’s most simple, Pilates is a non-impact form of resistance training. Not only is Pilates a form of exercise but also a means of injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates focus’s on correct spinal and pelvic alignment, proper breathing, and smooth movement. By emphasizing these things you learn to move in a controlled manner from a solid base of support, always with a purpose and goal in mind. Pilates was designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the entire body. It does this by strengthening the weaker, under-conditioned muscles while stretching the overworked, more dominant muscles. In challenging the deep abdominal and spinal muscles Pilates prepares the body for balanced, efficient movement on all planes and in all ranges of motion. The manner in which exercises are performed is much more significant than the number of repetitions.