The Pilates Matwork forms the foundation on which the entire system is built and is the most basic element. As the starting point for one’s journey as a Pilates practitioner, it is essential for building body awareness and core strength.
During the matwork class, the body’s own resistance is utilised to build strength and develop flexibility. All exercises are done working against gravity without the aid of springs, pulleys and levers. This lack of equipment creates an abscence of support, encouraging the core to stabilise the body.
Smaller accessories may be employed to aid exercise benefits. These tyically include balls, rings, elastic straps and rolls. Mat based exercises can help develop strength, flexibility, endurance and posture.