The concentration needed is to focus clearly on each movement and not feel distracted by outside thoughts. It is vital to prevent poor technique and injury. Pilates referred to as mind and body connection. Understanding in-depth techniques, As so much thought, goes into the method.
Without oxygen, our muscles would very quickly cease to work as it is our primary fuel or source of energy. Pilates breathing, used with thought as for how it will execute a movement. Lateral thoracic breathing, taking the breath into the sides. Allowing the rib cage to expands laterally and not in front of the chest.
Centring is the centre of the torso and referred to your torso, and This is where we begin the movement. We use our abdominals or naval to the spine to initiate every action. An even distribution of weight. An unbalance in the body can lead to back neck and knee problems
Controlling each movement is essential as it leads to greater strength and stamina throughout the body and not just in certain areas. Pilates work in aerobically or as comfortable held positions. Either way, control is vital as it teaches us to respect our body and work safely without compromise of form
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 the correct use of muscles with a mind-body technique
Flowing Movement allows one movement to connect to the other without stopping, And learning the basic matwork, we start to work in a more continues ways, and we do not need to pause between each exercise. It is part of the thought process that we think about how one action flows into the next smoothly and with control.
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.
A skill 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 exercise that involves a wide range of different movement, tests our ability to coordinate mind and body. Moving through space.