‘Pilates is a mind-body system’ created by Joseph Pilates. The importance mainly being on the set of 6 principles behind the movement rather than the movement itself;
ALIGNMENT – Pilates brings an awareness to correct alignment and more specifically correct alignment to that particular individual (all bodies are different shapes and sizes) Being in better alignment means the muscles and fascia can engage more effectively and the bones can move more efficiently. This helps diminish undue load and forces through the tissue, reducing tension build up and aches and pains.
BREATHING – Similarly, like yoga there is an importance on breathing. It can energise us and help deeply focus the mind. In Pilates however, there is also a focus on when to breath in and breath out during the exercise which helps to assist the movement and stabilise the body.
CONCENTRATION – concentration allows you to get the most out of your body and the way it moves. Understanding when you need to move and which body part needs to move to enable precision.