The important principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes strong back health. Pilates improves strength, flexibility and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. While fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary torque (rotation) on the vertebral column, Pilates exercises are frequently recommended to help, prevent and decrease back pain. Strengthening your core aligns your spine and allows you to gain lengthening of tight back muscles for better stretching. It's important that you balance muscular strength for both sides of your body. Developing this symmetry will help reduce the risk of injury. Articulation of the spine, moving one vertebra at a time, is the principle and the foundation for movement in Pilates. It develops awareness of the connection between the abdomen and the spine. From the beginning, learn Pilates from a Certified Authentic Teacher, who can explain and show you how to properly prepare and exercise your body while engaging your mind. That's when results happen. Mat Class is the perfect way to start!