‘Pilates’ is one of those words of which most of us are aware, but not sure of its precise meaning. The principles of Pilates owe their foundation to Joseph Pilates, whose core idea was to create a unity of body, mind and spirit through what he called “contrology.”
Pilates’ concept trains the mind to better control the muscles.
When he died, the principle was expanded upon with additional concepts and orders, becoming what we know today as the principles of Pilates.
In total, there are six basic principles of Pilates, explained below:
Start Breathing Again
While all principles of Pilates are equally important, proper breathing techniques should not be overlooked.
When you breathe deeply and slowly along with your movements, you are fuelling your muscles and focusing on your own breathing tempo.
With the right breathing techniques, you will be able to engage your core muscles and your pelvic floor muscles even as you breathe.
Boost your Concentration
By concentrating on the body, you create a mindfulness of what is going on with your body as you perform each move. When you concentrate on your Pilates exercises, you are better connected with your own body.
Along with enhanced focus, you are also gaining a better understanding of how your body is working and improving your mind and muscular control.
Get back Your Focus
The principle of Pilates focuses on deriving your energy and strength from the centre of your body, which is the area between your lower ribs and your pubic bone.
The energy will then spread outward, going from your core to your limbs, powering your movements and postures.
When centring, you will be able to harness more energy from your core when you develop its strength, which helps improve your posture and get rid of any lower backaches.
Maximise Your Control
Each Pilates exercise involves moves and postures requiring you to exercise full body control. These exercises are not meant to be rushed through or driven by momentum, but rather require a good control of the body and mind.
However, there is no need to exert yourself far beyond your limits. Activating your muscles about 30 percent is just enough to prevent muscular injuries, provide better efficacy and improve your longevity.
Boost Your Physical Precision
You will need to pay attention even to the smaller, finer details in your Pilates exercises. You can repeat certain movements fewer times as compared to standard exercises that you might do in a gym.
However, attention and focus need to be given to make small, precise movements to maximise the efficiency of your exercise.
Enjoy the Flow
Your Pilates movements should be able to flow from one to another as naturally as possible.
When you have a good flow in your Pilates exercise, you will have a steady flow of energy that powers you through each movement and eventually makes use of all your body parts.
A smooth flow can increase your physical endurance and give you more body fluidity as you transition from one movement to the next.
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