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Principles of Pilates
In Pilates exercise, the technique is extremely important and clients are assisted to perform each exercise correctly, rather than simply completing high repetitions of poor quality movements. Each exercise requires the practitioner to “tune in” to what is going on in their body and become aware of imbalances and correct body alignment.
Essentially, Pilates is about you being in control of your own body. It is actually much harder to perform an exercise slowly and smoothly and requires a higher level of strength and balance.
Pilates has a great emphasis on the area encompassing the pelvic floor, abdominals, lower back, hips, buttocks and inner thighs. Before any movement in Pilates, one should start by engaging this area, which is referred to as “centering”.
Pilates movements are intended to flow in to one another to create a complete workout that requires both stamina and strength. As a beginner to Pilates, an individual may learn individual exercises, but as they develop experience, they may begin to transition from one exercise to another with more economy of movement.
Technique is everything. Pilates aims for precise movement and beginners may find that what appears outwardly to be a relatively simple movement, can in fact require a great deal of concentration and effort to perform correctly. With regular practice, this attention to detail often transfers in to everyday movement in life and results in improved posture and gait.
The relationship between breath control and movement is an important part of Pilates and helps with engaging your core properly during exercises. At North East Exercise Solutions, out Pilates instructors will constantly be reminding clients on when to breathe in and out during exercises.
Because of its low impact and effectiveness, Pilates is able to be continued throughout many types of recovery periods after injury or illness.