Pilates is an amazing exercise that can be practiced by all. Its benefits are outstanding and generally quite underestimated. That is why we absolutely recommend you try it for yourself!
But before you pull on your favourite lulu get up and rush out the door to class, it is great to understand its principles. The Pilates method was founded many moons ago by a man called Joseph Pilates – and this method was more than just a group of movements slapped together, there is research, dedication and theory behind each and every movement, breath and sequence.
Let’s get to know the 6 principles of the Pilates Method…
Concentration is the number one principle. Pilates is effectively re-training the brain and body to function more efficiently, with every move you are required to concentrate on the muscles working, your posture and your breathing. Getting to know your bodies reactions to different movements increases your overall awareness of the body.
The centre is the focal point of Pilates practice. Often referred to as the T-zone or core, all Pilates exercises start from the centre and flow outwards to the limbs. This strengthens the body from its “powerhouse”.
“Above all, learn to breathe correctly” (Joseph Pilates). Your breath helps to control the movements, oxygenate the blood, revitalise the body and engage the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. In class, you will be taught how to breath laterally, meaning into your rib cage rather than your stomach. This helps to maintain the strength in your core while performing exercises.
Pilates was actually first named “Contrology” by Joseph Pilates, as the method is based on the idea of muscle control. Pilates teaches you to be in control of every aspect of every movement of your body, and not at its mercy.
Precision is essential to perform correct Pilates exercises. The idea behind this is based on the common fitness-world knowledge that it is better to perform one precise and perfect movement, rather than many half-assed ones! Eventually, the precision of movement will become second nature and be carried out in everyday life.
Pilates promotes smoothness and flowing movement. Once the control and precision is achieved in Pilates, the exercises should flow into each other to build strength and stamina.
Does your company want to improve the health of its workforce? Twosix Pilates is the answer! Check out our Corporate Wellness program to find out how and why to begin Pilates in your workplace.
Emma has been teaching Pilates for over 2 years and is extremely passionate about educating workplaces on the benefits and watching her students reverse the effects of an inactive lifestyle. Currently, teaching in workplaces and studios across Melbourne, she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the wonderful health benefits of the Pilates Method.
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