The Principles Are
1. Concentration is needed so that you can focus clearly on each movement and not feel distracted by outside thoughts. An evident level is vital to prevent bad technique and injury. Pilates is often referred to as mind and body connection due to the understanding of in-depth techniques because so much thought goes into the method.
2. Breathing. Without oxygen, our muscles would very quickly cease to work as it is our primary fuel or source of energy. Pilates breathing is used with thought as for how it will affect how we execute a movement. Lateral thoracic breathing which means taking the breath into the sides, so the rib cage only expands laterally and not in front of the chest.
3. Centring Pilates technique the centre of the torso is referred to as powerhouse /the core /your centre, As this is where we begin and the movement extended from. We use our abdominals or naval to spine to initiate every movement. Centring also refers to even distribution of weight evenly, so we do not start to develop one muscle group in favour of the other, imbalances in the body can lead to back neck and knee problems
4. Control of each movement is essential as it leads to greater strength and stamina throughout the body and not just in certain areas. Pilates can be performed either work in aerobically or as relaxed held positions. Either way, control is vital as it teaches us to respect our body and work safely without compromise of form
5. Alignment primarily refers to our skeletal structure. It is straightforward to think of exercise in terms of muscle strength and aerobic fitness. Needing more thought to think about how you place yourself structurally at each stage of a movement, having an awareness of skeletal placement helps us to understand and find balance easier, allowing correct use of muscles with a mind-body technique
6. Flowing Movement allow one movement to connect with the other without stopping, when the basic matwork has been learned, we start to work in a more continues way so ought we do not need to pause between each exercise. We do allow for a few rest points, however! It is part of the thought process that we think about how one action flows into the next smoothly and with control.
7. Relaxation we learn to relax and release unnecessary tension throughout the body as we become more aware of the muscle activation for each exercise. We Are teaching the body to isolate and differentiate between which muscles need to be active and strong and which can relax.
8. Coordination is a skill that is very often neglected. Lifestyles that revolve around routine mean we very rarely test our bodies’ coordination skills. Our mind and body become programmed to do specific tasks that are essential requirements for daily living. Breaking away from routine and doing any kind of exercise that involves a wide range of different movement, tests our ability to coordinate mind and body. Moving through space.