Principles of Pilates Method
Many exercises lead you to "disconnect" from the outside world, concentrating only on the movements of your body. The Pilates Method is a Mind & Body technique that requires focus on the body. You should block your outer thoughts and focus only on the exercises.
Proper breathing is essential in Pilates, although it may be the most complicated part to master. The better the breath control, the more effects Pilates will have on itself. Breathing should drive the movement, not vice versa.
If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, the right type of exercise will deeply develop muscle strength so as to help you sit down properly and avoid spinal problems. When you practice Pilates, you focus on the center of your body. This way you will be developing core strength.
Controlled, fluid and slow movements is the key of Pilates, each movement is smooth until the next. In this way you develop physical and mental control, you will have a body awareness like never before.
For dancers, accuracy is not only desired but essential for their physical safety, each movement and the entire sequence of movements will have to be perfectly coordinated, otherwise they risk failure or even injury. We are not all dancers, but Pilates teaches us to move in a way to avoid fatigue and pain.
Pilates is a continuous circle of interrelated movements, all flowing from one to the next. Pilates can be combined with other types of exercises, thus insuring that it uses all the muscles.
In Pilates, "isolation" is the mental exercise of identifying the sensation of each muscle group. This is the only way to strengthen weaker muscles and harmonize the entire muscular structure.
Take some time each day to do Pilates exercises, just like you take time to shower, get dressed, get ready to work. Give as much attention to your muscles as it gives your hair, its beauty, your body will reward it with better agility - both mentally and physically.
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