Pilates is a form of body conditioning originally created by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1920's. Using specifically designed spring-loaded machines, Pilates is taught through individual or small group classes to insure personal attention and proper technique.
Pilates is based upon a series of controlled movements that are centered around the body's "powerhouse" -abdomen, lower back, and buttocks. With a strong and healthy powerhouse, the rest of the body is properly supported and can move freely.
Pilates does not stress the body in the ways that lifting weights or other workout methods may, this is why everyone can do it. You'll see your bones strengthen, your muscles tone and firm, and your circulation improve. But, most of all, as you work out and begin to feel better physically, you will also begin to feel better mentally.
Your whole outlook on life may become more positive and more focused.