Joseph Pilates claimed that his exercise method has a
theoretical and a philosophical foundation.
It is not just a collection of exercises, but it is a
method that was developed and refined during its more than
eighty years of observation and use.
One interpretation of the Pilates Principles is that it is
similar to yoga.
Mind over matter – The central focus of Pilates is to
create a blending of mind and body.
The body will move with grace, economy and balance without
even thinking about it. The goal is to produce the union of
mind and body that is totally attention-free.
Breathing – Through proper breathing the blood is able to
work properly, that is, it circulates to every cell in the
body and carries away waste related to fatigue.
You can be assured that a full and thorough inhalation as
well as exhalation are part of each Pilates exercise.
Breathing should also be done with control, concentration
Centering – The very large muscle group that is found in
the center of one’s body is called the -powerhouse-.
All of the energy for the Pilates exercises begins from
this powerhouse and flows toward the extremities.
Concentration – Pilates demands intense concentration or
focus. The beginner learns to pay special attention to his
or her body, building on small and delicate fundamental
movements as well as controlled breathing.
Control – The Pilates method is built on the premise of
muscle control. That means that each Pilates exercise must
be performed with utmost control.
This will help avoid injury and produce beneficial results.
Precision – Each movement in a Pilates exercise has a
purpose. No detail should be left out. The focus is to do
one precise and perfect movement and not many halfhearted