The Pilates method is essentially a mind-body centring technique that emphasizes the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lower back and pelvis. Exercises aim to strengthen, mobilise and stretch muscles to correct muscle imbalances caused by habit, posture and movement abnormalities. Often when we have a weakness in a certain area, we compensate or over-develop another area to achieve a certain functional movement. Correcting these abnormal movement patterns can achieve a greater sense of well-being, posture, confidence and even skill level within your chosen sport.
It is a relatively new technique, having only started in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates, hence its name.