Pilates is a great way to find balance, understand the way your body moves, and strengthen your core. However, in order to get the most out Pilates, it’s important that you understand the six basic principles of Pilates. In today’s post, we will give you a guide to the basic principles in hopes that it will improve the way you do Pilates.
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As we mentioned above, Pilates is a great way to strengthen your core, therefore it makes sense that centering is one of the main principles of Pilates. During your Pilates session, it is vitally important that you bring your focus to the center of your body. The center of your body is considered to be the “powerhouse,” meaning that all of your strength and energy comes from your core.
Another important aspect of Pilates is understanding how your body moves. The principle of concentration is dedicated to focusing on the mind/body connection that you feel as you move through different positions. You want to be aware of how your body is moving within your space, and as a result, you will gain more from your Pilates sessions.
The third basic principle of Pilates is control. As you are performing the different poses, you want each movement to be precise and controlled. Each pose uses different muscles in your body, and to gain the maximum benefits from your Pilates session, it’s necessary that you use focus and control.
Breathing is also a necessary part of Pilates. As you’re going through the motions, it’s easy to give your full focus on centering or controlling your movements, which will result in you feeling out of breath or easily fatigued. Thinking about how you’re breathing and how it matches your movements is a necessary part of Pilates.
When you do Pilates, you want to make sure that each movement is precise. As we mentioned above, Pilates teaches you to recognize how your body moves within the space, however, the way you move has to be direct. Not only do precise movements help you minimize any injury, but they also help achieve the maximum benefits from Pilates.
The final principle of Pilates is flow. You want to be as fluid with your movements as possible. Focusing on control, breathing, and precision may seem difficult or even impossible to do in a graceful manner, but doing so will help strengthen your muscles and your mind.
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Mastering the six principles of Pilates isn’t easy. In fact, it may even seem impossible. That being said, over time, concentration, flow, breathing, precision, centering, and control will become second nature.
If you’re interested in the benefits that are included with Pilates, our expert instructors at Konnect Pilates can help. We offer both group reformer classes, as well as a one-on-one session with one of our Pilates instructors. Stop by Konnect Pilates in Mission Viejo and one of our instructors will give you a free consultation.
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