Modern-day life is not all that supportive of a pain-free body. 

We all sit for too many hours at our computers, drive instead of walk, spend too much time on our phones, live a more sedentary lifestyle, and consequently, we suffer from body pain and tension.

Pilates is a powerful antidote to these modern day woes! 

Active Senior Pilates with a Pain-free Body
An elderly sitting on an exercise ball with two hands lifting weights.

Pilates focus on the stabilizing core muscles of the torso helps to support the spine and surrounding major muscle groups. This helps to protect the vertebrae, ligaments and discs that can often suffer as a result of repetitive trauma and habitual patterns of movement.

Studies have shown that those with chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists.


Active lifestyle
An elderly happily lifting a Pilates weights.

Pilates increases our energy. It is a practice that offers you more energy, rather than depletes your energy. 

The movements are slower and require mindful exertion.

Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with endorphins  – the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

Pilates is the perfect pick-me-up for when you want a workout without it feeling overly strenuous and taxing. 



A woman doing Pilates with a Pilates equipment supervised by a Pilates Instructor.

Pilates doesn’t build muscles in the same way a weights program at the gym does.

Pilates works to build long, lean, toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of your body as a whole.

This exercise strengthen the weaker muscles and give the dominant muscles a break by demanding that you work symmetrically. It also makes you more aware of your body, enhancing coordination, balance, and power.

Fewer repetitions with the greatest precision and control means that you get the most out of your workout, and your focus and determination grow exponentially.

The result is greater overall muscular stamina with less effort.

Building whole body strength enhances every single movement you make in daily life. Improves the functional fitness needs that you require as you move through life.


Grasie Souza doing Pilates in front of the Parlament in Victoria while doing a side bend pose.
Grasie Souza doing Pilates in front of the Parlament in Victoria while doing a side bend pose.

A strong core goes a long way towards a good posture. Pilates encourages you to utilize your core muscles, and also focus on proper alignment in the body.

A good posture doesn’t just look physically appealing, it offers a safe and steady base to move through life. A good posture sets you up for greater ease and grace in daily movements, as well as supporting your body as it ages.

From helping to reduce back and neck pain, to easing tension in the body and preventing injury. A good posture is something that will carry you through life, literally! 

A key focus in Pilates is maintaining good alignment and balance through all the exercises. This creates a strong back, glutes, and abs which work together to form a perfect posture.


Boomerang Pilates Transforming your core
Grasie Souza, Pilates Carioca Wellness and Training instructor performing Pilates Boomerang Position.

Chances are if you know only one thing about Pilates, it is related to the core. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor.

These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the body is supported. Having a strong, engaged and effective core not only means nice flat abs! It means a strong, relaxed and well functioning body.

Most Pilates moves require you to keep proper alignment and challenge your stability to stay balanced, which requires you to engage your midsection. The core lessons developed in a Pilates practice ideally continue beyond the Pilates studio and into the daily movements and actions of your life. Studies have shown that just 12 weeks of a Pilates routine, results in improved core strength.


Lady doing Pilates in Foam Roller
Pilates exercises on the former roller.

Pilates will tone and work your entire body to achieve body conditioning inside and out.

Many forms of modern exercise work on developing certain areas of the body while disregarding others. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole. It works to promote well-balanced muscle development.

Pilates is virtually unmatched in relation to total body toning and conditioning. As well as, increasing flexibility and range of motion for the joints. Pilates may be gentle but it is also challenging. It focuses on body placement and increasing awareness of your body’s entire resource system. 

In Pilates, you engage the mind to move the body as an integrated whole in tandem with the breath, with the utmost grace, control, and precision. While Pilates may not have quite the same effect as interval training or a 10km run, it does include a dose of cardiovascular exercise and will be sure to rev up your heart rate.