· Improved posture and alignment of the body. Your body looks, feels and functions better and you become far more bodily aware.

· Ability to move the spine safely and comfortably in all directions possible. Having a flexible spine is important for everyday movements and helps maintain a more youthful posture.

· Back stability exercises have been proven to lead to significant pain relief. From the early 1990’s physiotherapists noticed that using the principles of Pilates helped prevent, reduce and resolve lower back problems. Since then, there has been a huge amount of research on the benefits of core stabilisation and the reduction of spinal problems.

· Lengthened muscles where necessary and more stable joints. Your body begins to feel longer, leaner and more toned. This lengthening of the muscles re-balances the body and so you are less prone to injury and more efficient in daily activities.

· Strengthened deep abdominal and back muscles and enhanced stability of the spine and pelvis. The aim is to work muscles from the inside out, creating a stronger flatter mid-section. Pilates emphasises techniques for strengthening the muscles of the trunk to support the spine.

· Improved circulation and heightened neuromuscular coordination. It also corrects over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury and promotes recovery from strain.

· As well as the physical benefits, mentally you will begin to feel more calm and relaxed. Modern Pilates can help improve sleep patterns and tension, specifically in the neck and shoulders. By bringing together body and mind, Pilates teaches you to be in control of your body, and allows you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.

· Improved quality of life because the exercises enhance overall flexibility, strength and fitness, improving co-ordination and balance.