The Principles of Pilates
The following principles are key benefits of following a Pilates regimen and lifestyle, really. As you begin to embody these principles you will take them into all aspects of your life. These principles are as defined by Balanced Body University.
The essential link between mind and body. The breath is integrated into our movements to keep our awareness, improve oxygen flow through the tissues and improve
capacity of our lunges.
All movements radiate outward from the center. We work towards developing a strong, stable and flexible center.
To be present and pay attention to the movements. Students should only do as many repetitions as they can pay attention to.
Understanding proper form and placement and performing exercises with efficiency. Precision is the end product of concentration, control and practice.
To understand and maintain the proper form, alignment and effort during the entire exercise. Students must engage the mind to control the movements of the body.
Movements are done with a sense of rhythm and flow that decreases stress on our joints and develops movement patterns that integrate our whole body.
Balanced Muscle Development
Understanding, developing and maintaining correct
alignment and form to improve posture and enhance physical abilities.
Whole Body Movement
Pilates integrates movement into a flowing whole body
experience and integrates the mind and body to create a life balance.
We must have a balance between effort and relaxation. Exercises should be performed with just the amount of effort needed, no more, no less. Releasing unnecessary
tension in our bodies helps us find ease and flow in our movements and in our lives.