Pilates is a system of exercise and movement that is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance. It integrates breath and movement within proper body mechanics to increase awareness, and use all of the muscles of the body as they were designed. Most of the exercises focus on the pelvis and trunk, utilizing both stability and mobility to train the body. It can be practiced on a Mat using your own body and sometimes small props, or on specialized Pilates Apparatus (the Pilates Reformer is the most common). Pilates classes can occur in one-on-one or group settings. Pilates is for all bodies of all ages. Part of the beauty of the method is that it can be modified to fit the needs and abilities of each individual who practices it.