The Pilates Method uses a set of principles based on a
philosophical and a theoretical foundation . It is not merely a
set of exercises but a method, created and changed over more
than seventy years. While Pilates draws from many diverse
movements styles, from yoga to Greek to Chinese acrobatics, there are
certain principles that unite these elements together under
Pilates. The Pilates Principles: Centering, Concentration, Control, breath, and Flow.
MIND OVER MATTER
The main element of the Pilates Method is also its most
interesting. The method’s aim(beyond getting fit) is creating a fusion
of body and mind, that without thinking about, you move with
grace, and balance; you hold yourself tall; and you use your
body to the highest advantage, making the most of its powers,
balancing its weaknesses, and fixing its imbalances. The
conflict is this: to create an attention free union of body and mind,
the method asks that you stay focused on your body when you are
doing the exercises. This focus is so vital that it is more
important than any other factor of the movements or the method.
Pilates believed in pumping the blood so that it would awaken
all the body cells and bring away the wastes that are related to
tiredness. For the blood to function properly, it has to be full
of oxygen and cleaned of waste gases by breathing. Full
inhalation and exhalation are a part of the Pilates exercise.
Pilates uses forced exhalation as the key to complete inhalation.
“Squeeze out the lungs as you would a wet towel” he is credited
to have said. “Soon the body is filled with oxygen. Breathing,
too, should be done with focused mind, control, and exactitude.
It should be properly joined with movement. The exercise is
accompanied by breathing instructions, additionally, there are a
several general principles that will assist when you’re in a pose that
does not come with instructions attached. “Breathe in on the
point of effort,” Romana Kryzanowska said, “and out on
relaxation.” This is a rule that can be modified by the form of
CENTERING Pilates named
the big group of muscles in our center – filling our abdomen, back,
hips, and buttocks – the “power house.” All energy for Pilates
exercises starts in the powerhouse and goes out to the extremities.
Physical energy starts from the center to coordinate one's
movements. In this way a strong foundation is created upon which to use
in the life.
CONCENTRATION You have to focus on the
moment And you must focus on your entire body. This is not something
you will be able to do when you begin, because it’s more difficult than
you think. Once you start really paying attention to your body, you
will find that a movement that may seem simple is actually quite hard.
Pilates teaches complete muscle control, and there are no , haphazard
movements. Focus is needed in order to be in control of the aspects of
every movement. This is not just to the large motions of limbs, but to
the locations of fingers and toes, the degree of arching or flatness of
the back and the turning in or out of the legs.
Every movement in the Pilates method is for a reason. Every instruction
is important for the success of the whole. To remove any detail is to
give up the value of the exercise. The focus is on doing precise and
perfect movement, rather than halfhearted ones. Eventually this
precision becomes a habit, and carries over into everyday life as grace
and economy of movement.
FLUIDITY Pilates exercises are
performed with grace. There are no static, isolated movements
our bodies do not function that way. Dynamic energy takes the
place of the quick, movements of other exercise programs. Grace of
motion is preferred over speed; ultimately the movements is as
fluid as a long stride or a dance. Uniformly developed muscles
are the key to great posture, flexibility, and grace.