What is the Pilates method of Exercise?
A simple internet search will lead you to a world of Pilates. Articles, blogs, opinions, books, online workouts, training philosophies, history, etc….are some of the countless resources explaining aspects of the Pilates method. Take a cruise through our website, we have compiled some key information to help you understand what Pilates is all about, and how it can change your life!
We want to help you understand the Pilates method. This knowledge can be invaluable to initiate a change in your way of thinking, moving and exercising.
- energize your body and mind
- correct imbalance and increase body awareness, flexibility and circulation
- improve your posture, poise and alignment in everyday activities
- provide relief from back, neck and joint pain
- help to rehabilitate injuries and improve neuro-muscular, joint and other movement dysfunctions
- improve your overall fitness, muscle tone, strength and stamina
The 6 Principles of Pilates
Centering – Physically bringing your focus to the center of your body, or powerhouse, which is the area between the neck and hips. Movement in Pilates initiates from your center.
Concentration – Bringing your attention to each exercise and doing it with full commitment so that maximum value can be obtained from each movement.
Control – Doing every Pilates exercise with complete muscular control while keeping your entire body engaged from head to toe.
Precision– Maintaining awareness that there is placement and alignment for each body part through the trajectory of every movement.
Breath – Always using full breath to pump air in and out of your body. Coordinating your breathing is an integral part of most Pilates exercises.
Flow – Continuous movement through each exercise with fluidity and grace without wasted or unintentional placement of your body. Transitioning smoothly from one exercise to the next will build stamina and endurance.
“With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?”