Mat Pilates

Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. It’s a fantastic way to improve posture, core strength & flexibility.

Mat Pilates becomes even more challenging & more focused by using props & moving variations. Adding exercise bands can offer increased resistance; using foam rollers can create stability challenges & using props like the Magic Circle can offer additional options for strengthening legs & arms while simultaneously working core muscles.

Pilates has so many benefits…

Improved posture & core strength
Improved balance & flexibility
Reduced lower back pain
Improved muscular strength
Strengthens pelvic floor
Creates a health mind

Mat Pilates at Mind & Body Studio in Kirkcaldy


Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates is often considered more dynamic and intense than its matwork counterpart because most of the exercises are performed through greater ranges of motion and involve resistance that is applied from springs and bands.

The Reformer was initially created to complement the movements that Pilates originally called “Contrology exercises” and was designed to prepare Pilates students for the more advanced mat work exercises.

Nowadays, however, the Reformer is not only used to prime students for floor-based exercises, it is also used as a progression from these movements with more advanced participants. The Reformer serves the same purpose as many of the mat-based Pilates movements, to accelerate developments in flexibility, strength and body alignment.

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics & boxing. Pilates immigrated to the US in the 1920’s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method, which he called “contrology” – for several decades.