Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on developing the body in a balanced way though core strength
and flexibility to foster graceful, efficient movement. Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the
1920s as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war, and is now one of the most popular exercise forms in
Pilates works for a people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, and is useful for improving general
fitness, enhancing athletic performance and physical rehabilitation.
The Pilates method emphasizes quality rather than quantity, and Pilates exercises typically include only a
few precise repetitions for each move.
Pilates is founded on six basic principles: Center, Control, Concentration, Precision, Breath, and Flow.
Pilates is mostly focused on the large group of muscles in our center - our abdomen, lower back, hips, and
buttocks. No arm or leg gesture occurs without a strong and stable center. Pilates is often described as
'movement flowing out from a strong center'. Locate and establish your center before, during and after each
workout. Your center is the foundation of everything- even centering your mind. The primary goal of Pilates is
to stabilize the pelvis in a neutral position.
Pilates involves controlling each movement and paying complete attention to your body positioning and
sequencing. Every Pilates exercise is performed with utmost control to avoid injury and maximize the benefit
of each movement. In Pilates, no exercise is done just for the sake of doing it; each movement serves a
Concentration involves bringing full attention to each exercise. Your mind controls your body. Be present. Pay
attention to the movements you perform and how your
muscles respond. Concentrate on improving your form by focusing on every detail.
In Pilates, you apply precision to all aspects of your workout. Be precise in your approach, your focus and
your form. Try not to focus on simply completing an exercise, but on performing it as perfectly as possible.
Joseph Pilates wrote 'above allâ€¦learn to breathe correctly'. Correct breathing
oxygenates the blood and increases circulation. Generally, you should inhale to prepare for a movement and
exhale as you execute it. The fresh air replenishes and energizes the body. Proper breathing helps to control
your movements while you exercise. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath
properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.
Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner, with an emphasis on grace, ease and fluidity. The energy of an
exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way. In life, movements are connected
to one another and are not fragmented or
isolated, and Pilates seeks to mimic these movements. Flow will improve balance, control and coordination,
preparing your body for the demands of daily life.
Benefits of Pilates
The top benefits of doing Pilates include becoming stronger, leaner, and more able to move gracefully and
efficiently. Pilates is becoming increasingly popular, because of its unique focus on building core strength and