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What is Pilates?
The Pilates method of body conditioning is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility, strength and balance for the total body. It is a series of controlled and systematic movements coupled with focused breathing patterns engaging your body, mind and spirit. The Pilates method of body conditioning works proximal to distal, from the center to the peripheral body parts. It works the stronger deep muscles of the body creating long lean toned muscles, instead of building the weaker superficial muscles which bulk.
The Pilates method of body conditioning yields numerous benefits. Strength, flexibility and stability, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination of both the physical and mental, are all key components in an effective Pilates program. It increase lung capacity and circulation through deep healthy breathing. Coordination, posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and individuals gain experiences in positive body awareness and self-embodiment. The Pilates method teaches balance and control of the entire body, and that capacity spills over in ones every day existence, improving a person’s quality of life.
The Six Key Principles of the Pilates Method:
- Centering – The main focus point of the method. All the work starts from and is sustained through the Center. Joseph Pilates called this center the “Powerhouse”.
- Concentration – To fully benefit from the workout with the exercises are executed with focused concentration. It is the mind that guides the body. Five aspects of the mind are brought into the workout. Those aspects are intelligence, intuition, imagination, will and memory.
- Control – When the work is done from the center and with full concentration, you are in control of the movements performed. Habit (especially bad habit) and gravity do not take over. Joseph Pilates called his Method “Contrology”, the art of control.
- Precision – The exercises were designed with a precise goal in mind, and one must pay the utmost attention to details. All exercises have a clear structure, a precise form, and an optimal dynamic. Work with quality instead of quantity.
- Breath – All exercises are done with the rhythm of the breath and heart-beat. Inhale on the point of effort to send fresh oxygen to the muscles when they most need it. Exhale, wringing all the stale air out of the lungs.
- Flow – The full workout is a flowing succession of exercises performed with vigorous dynamics. There is a minimum of movement, especially in the transitions, for a maximum flow.
While doing Pilates keep these principals in mind. Incorporating all six principals into your workout is your ultimate goal to achieve maximum benefit and efficiency from your workout.
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