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The 6 Core Principles of Pilates

February 3, 2015 - Comment

Joseph Pilates often mentioned concentration, control and breathing when speaking of the form of physical fitness he developed. And while he never actually laid out specific founding principles, eventual Pilates disciples pinpointed 6 core principles that must be present for you to benefit properly from this simple but powerful form of exercise. The 6 core

Joseph Pilates often mentioned concentration, control and breathing when speaking of the form of physical fitness he developed. And while he never actually laid out specific founding principles, eventual Pilates disciples pinpointed 6 core principles that must be present for you to benefit properly from this simple but powerful form of exercise.

The 6 core principles of Pilates are Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow or Efficiency of Movement, Precision and Breathing.

In his book Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates devoted an entire section of his introduction on proper breathing. He mentioned that if you breathe correctly, you cleanse your body by proper blood circulation.

Precision, the practice of proper form, is also central to receiving the biggest health benefits. You improve your strength more from a few precise Pilates exercises then dozens of improper movements.

Pilates, when performed properly, delivers an efficiency of movement and elegance in stature that is unmistakable.

Centering has to do with the center of your body – your abdomen, hips, inner thighs, buttocks and upper and lower back. This is your powerhouse, and as a founding Pilates principle, all of your movements should flow outward from your center.

Control works with precision to put you in total control of every movement. The importance of this Pilates principle is reflected in the fact that Joseph Pilates named his form of physical fitness Contrology.

Finally, concentration reflects the fact that it requires intense focus to control your muscles and move properly.

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