Pilates PrinciplesThere are several variations of Pilates principles, ranging from those that Joseph Pilates pioneered in the early 1900s to contemporary adaptations that incorporate modern understanding of fitness, anatomy and biomechanics.
Some Pilates forms tout five basic principles, while others stress nine fundamentals. Essentially, the Pilates principles are as follows:
- Concentration - That all-important mind-body connection. Conscious control of movement enhances body awareness.
- Control/Precision - It's not about intensity or multiple "reps," it's more about proper form for safe, effective results.
- Centering - A mental focus within the body calms the spirit. A particular focus on the torso (abs, pelvic girdle, lower back, gluts), as develops a strong core and enables the rest of the body to function efficiently. All action initiates from the trunk and flows outwards to the extremities.
- Stabilizing - Before you move you have to be still. Makes for a safe starting place for mobility.
- Breathing - Deep, coordinated, conscious diaphragmatic patterns of inhales and exhales initiate movement, help activate deep muscles and keep you focused.
- Alignment - Proper alignment is key to good posture. You'll be aware of the position of your head and neck on the spine and pelvis, right down through the legs and toes.
- Fluidity - Smooth, continuous motion rather than jarring repetitions. Pilates has a grace and elegance to it.
- Integration - Several different muscle groups are engaged simultaneously to control and support movement. All principles come together, making for a holistic mind-body workout.
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