The Principles of Pilates
Familiarising yourself with the Pilates Principles will make you more prepared for your first Pilates class.
By focusing on your mind-body awareness, the better connection you establish with your body, and the more benefits you gain from your workouts. It's better to do each exercise slowly and precisely, than with incorrect form or posture.
By paying attention to the muscles of the core (the Pilates Powerhouse), you will help all of your bodies' muscles function and develop more efficiently.
Control, rather than intensity or repetition, is key to performing the exercises correctly. All movements should be performed with precision, to gain the maximum benefits.
Controlling your breath with deep exhalations as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keep you focused.
Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to ensure you gain the most benefit and keep your body healthy.
Each Pilates motion should be smooth and graceful. Try to create the grace of a dancer or a gymnast in your practice.
These principles exist within all approaches to the Pilates Method. They are tools that both the client and instructor can work on to develop the mind-body connection that Joeseph Pilates intended.