I found a very powerful sense of embodiment. I felt really strong. It was more than just exercise. There was something else, something quite special. Bit hard to explain. A number of years ago I made this ticket (above), about feeling integrated after swimming. The ticket was kind of about feeling physically strong and being fully present in my body after exercise. The Pilates experience was different. It took me somewhere even more special. In trying to understand what it was I read that Joseph Pilates apparently developed his techniques (which he called 'Contrology') using the mind to control the body. While I had achieved that in Pilates, I also felt like the actions to physically centre my body had also centred my mind. It was like meditation and a bit more. I felt I had used my body to control my mind. My body and mind were talking to each other in a very clear way, aligning. I felt very embodied, strong, centred, alive.
There are loads of Pilates books, DVDs and classes - I think Pilates is a great way of taking care.