Pilates is a popular mind-body class which will help develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome chronic back pain. As the core is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently. Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
Core strength and torso stability, along with the six Pilates principles, set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. Weight lifting, for example, can put a lot of attention on arm or leg strength without attending much to the fact that those parts are connected to the rest of the body! Even running or swimming can seem like all arms and legs, with either a floppy or overly tense core. Ultimately those who really succeed at their sport learn to use their core muscles, but in Pilates this integrative approach is learned from the beginning.
Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration: These six Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a high quality Pilates workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine. Read The Six Pilates Principles for more on these important philosophical foundations of Pilates.