There are six essential principles that make Pilates different to a regular workout and its important participants are fully aware of the principles in order to truly get the benefits associated with Pilates. As every move is performed at least one of the principles should be present however they do often work together.

1) Centre:

All movements originate from the centre of the body. The centre is located in the pelvis just below the naval (inside). From our centre we support our spine, major organs, strengthen the back, improve alignment and posture. Developing the centre will mean participants are less vulnerable to fatigue and lower back pain.

During a Pilates session it is important to maintain the engagement of the centre without holding your breath.

2) Control:

Control is a key element to Pilates. It is important that every move is carried out in a controlled manner as you are less likely to get injured and more likely to recruit the right muscles to carry out the movement. Control also gives you time to think about the move to ensure its been done to a high quality.

3) Concentration:

Its so important to concentrate and connect the Mind with the Body. Concentration will help keep your movement precise meaning you need to be fully aware not only of the moving body part but what the rest of the body is doing. There are many benefits to concentrating during Pilates and dealing with life’s stresses is one, as you must concentrate on something totally different other then your stresses. Concentration also helps with body awareness reducing the risk of injury.

4) Precision

In Pilates every move has a purpose and every cue and instruction is important to the success of the movement. Precision will also help to build on concentration which is vital especially while working on the smaller unused muscles.

5) Breathing

Breathing and the benefits are so underrated and is one of the main reasons why my clients come out feeling so much better.

Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. When breathing in Pilates you need to visualise the rig cage expanding three dimensionally with each breath. Conscious and specific breathing patterns assist movement by focusing the attention and direction of the body, oxygen is delivered to the muscles being used, it also assists in removing non-beneficial chemicals stored in the muscles and provides oxygen to the brain.

6) Flowing Movement:

When performing Pilates exercises its important they flow from one exercises to the next, they need to be smooth and in a evenly flowing manner. Participants need to avoid jerky quick movements and really get the movement to work along with breath.

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