The Pilates method (or as Joseph Pilates called it, "Contrology") of body conditioning is an exercise system of controlled and systematic movements coupled with focused breathing patterns engaging your body, mind and sprit. focused on improving flexibility, strength and balance for the total body.
The Pilates method of body conditioning yields numerous benefits. Strength, flexibility and stability, coordination, improved posture, balance, and core strength are all remarkably increased. Bone density, lung function, blood circulation, 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
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".
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.
When the work is done from the center and with full concentration, you are in control of the movements performed. Habit and gravity do not take over. Joseph Pilates called his Method "Contrology", the art of control.
Work with quality instead of quantity. 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.
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.
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.
Incorporating all six principals into your workout is the ultimate goal to achieve maximum benefit and efficiency.
Pilates Principles for Contrology