The mental focus and controlled breathing required to perform Pilates correctly helps reduce stress. The exercises also help regulate your sleep and improve your mood. Pilates may help reduce symptoms such as fatigue associated with a variety of disorders including cancer, depression and chronic pain. Practicing Pilates can help improve flexibility, range of motion, balance and posture. Pilates strengthens and tones muscles without adding bulk, making it an exercise of choice among dancers and other athletes. Pilates strengthens the core and back muscles and may help manage back pain it can also reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. Pilates is not an aerobic workout, so we supplement them with cardiovascular exercise which includes rebounding, circuit training and cross-country walking.