The six main Principles of Pilates are:
Is the fuel for the 'Powerhouse' - the core of the body - the engine that drives the body to do the Pilates exercises. Breath is the key to life. Breathing in Pilates is called Lateral Thoracic breathing using the intercostal muscles of the ribs.
Is the direction of our attention to doing the Pilates exercises so that we can master them to align the body, create stabilisation and balance.
Is the centre of gravity in the body which creates balance in all directions of the body whilst doing the exercises. Everybody's centre of gravity is different due to distribution of body weight, height and build. When the body is centred this drives the Powerhouse.
Means fewer errors when doing Pilates exercises, correct alignment of the body, co-ordination, balance and less effort and muscle tension.
Means the key to the whole Pilates approach to doing Pilates exercises. They are done in an exact manner so that we learn our body's anatomy by knowing which muscle is being worked and how to align our bodies correctly.
Means smooth, uninterrupted continuity of movement that flows out from the centre of the body.
When these P
rinciples are applied Pilates become effortless and very rewarding.
Part 2 - How to apply the six Principles in Pilates practice coming up!