The Principles of Pilates

The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power
— Joseph Pilates

Familiarising yourself with the Pilates Principles will make you more prepared for your first Pilates class.

  1. Concentration
    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.
  2. Centering
    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.
  3. Control
    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.
  4. Breathing
    Controlling your breath with deep exhalations as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keep you focused.
  5. Precision
    Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to ensure you gain the most benefit and keep your body healthy.
  6. Flow
    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.