Joseph PILATES Original Principles

breathing

Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.

During your Pilates session there is an emphasis on full breaths in and full breaths out.  Sometimes we may not be aware of how shallow our breaths have become...

centering

Centering is the act of drawing your own mental and physical focus during each exercise to the core, or center (often called the powerhouse) of your body.
This is roughly the area between your lower ribs and hips, although also includes the lower and upper back muscles.

concentration

'Concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value.'

Concentration is the bringing of your full attention to the movements of each exercise in order to obtain maximum value.

control

'Be certain that you have your entire body under complete mental control.... Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control'

Control represents the concept that it is your mind that directs and manages each separate muscular movement.

flow

The intention is that the energy one exerts during each exercise should connect all body parts smoothly and thereby flow evenly through your body.

precision

Having a conscious awareness of precision during each exercise's movement.

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Pilates Evolution the 21st Century

By Joseph Pilates, Judd Robbins, and Lin Van Heuit-Robbins