August 21, 2008 at 2:03 am

Hi Linda

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in WWII (I or II, can’t remembeR) as a way to rehabilitate soldiers who were bedridden. It is a series of exercises that involve developing your core strength — the muscles in and around your abdomen. He developed a machine called the reformer, which is a series of pulleys and springs — you use resistance to train your feet, legs, arms and core. (lying down!!)

There are a bunch of exercises that you can do at home without the machine, using a swiss ball, or just on a mat. I have some serious balance issues because of the lack of sensory input, and I find that the Pilates really helps with it. Having a strong set of core muscles also helps your posture immensely (great because of all those years of guarding from the pain), but doing the exercises does help with the stamina!