Principles of Pilates
Once you have learnt the basics of correct breathing, stabilising and alignment you can move on to learning the sequences which bring together the Principles of Pilates. When applied, these principles move the exercises from a set of movements to a far more powerful and holistic mind-body-spirit experience.
Relaxation - This is very important when starting Pilates. Learning to relax and recognise areas of tension that need releasing.
Alignment - Proper alignment is the key to good posture. Learning to feel our posture helps correct it.
Concentration - It is the mind itself that builds the body. Focus on how you are moving and notice how your body responds.
Centring - Focusing on the muscles of the pelvic floor and deep abdominals develops a strong core and good posture. To be ‘centred’ is both a physical and mental concept. With this focus, movements will be more accurate and natural.
Breathing - Natural, conscious breathing patterns co-ordinated with movement helps to activate the muscles needed for core strength. However, don’t get caught up in watching your breath, just move and let your breath flow.
Control – Once you learn how to control your muscles, you will be able to perform the movements in a smooth, fluid way throughout the range in which each muscle is capable of moving.
Precision – It is important to perform every exercise correctly and move with precision.
Flowing Movements – Pilates reflects the way we move in everyday life and requires smooth, continuous movement, which is effortless and graceful but strong.