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6 Essential Pilates Principles

Pilates exerciseConcentration
Pilates requires focus on your mind-body awareness. To obtain maximum value from each movement, you need to concentrate on your entire body and how it moves. How you do the exercise is more important than the exercise itself.

Control
In Pilates, control is the key element. So perform your exercise slowly and steadily. This means you need to do each exercise with a complete muscular control and deliberately.

Breath
Pilates is coordinated with breathing to be effective. Control your breath in order to fully inhale and exhale. Deep breathing helps your body activate muscles properly.

Center
Pilates movements should begin from the center and move outward of the limbs. The large group of muscles in the abdomen, lower back, inner thighs, hips, and buttocks are considered the center of your body. They are also called the “powerhouse”.

Precision
Practice makes perfect. An appropriate placement, alignment, and trajectory for each part of the body should be pursued here. By practicing, you will improve your movements close to perfection.

Flow
The Pilates movements are done in a flowing manner. Perform each exercise smoothly and gracefully. By doing so, the energy of an exercise flows through the body.

Pilates is a physical fitness system and developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Firstly called “Contrology”, Pilates aims at strengthening, stretching and alignment of the body. It is practiced worldwide and Pilates practitioners should have a proper training.