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Six Pilates Principles by

Friday, March 29, 2013

1. Centering: Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Energetically, Pilates exercises are sourced from center.

2. Concentration: If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.

3. Control: Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices.

4. Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each part of the body.

5. Breath: Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows -- using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.

6. Flow: Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way. Pilates equipment, like the reformer, are very good mirrors of one's flow and concentration as they tend to bang around an suddenly become quite "machine-like" if one loses one's control and flow.

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    Wow. These are just great life principles in general. I've never done pilates. Maybe in the summer; I think there are free classes in the park.
    1880 days ago
    Stop by I Love Pilates and review some of our information.
    1882 days ago
    I have always been curious about pilates but have never tried it.
    1882 days ago
    You are definitely right, Kerry. And, damage to the body can occur if the positions are not correct.

    1882 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Those are all definitely true! Pilates is great for the body and though many people think it looks easy, it's definitely not when done right!
    1882 days ago
    Hi Lynn, you are quite welcome. I have to say I was soliciting for Pilates Lovers team. This team is pretty independent except we share ideas and other information. I wish you luck and success with the Wellness Center's Pilates class.

    1883 days ago
    ...signing up for the next Pilates class at the Wellness Center.
    Thank you so much!!
    1883 days ago
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