Pilates Principles

Fundamental ideas and principles forming the core of Pilates include:

  • Control
  • Mental concentration
  • Precise movement
  • Balance
  • Centering
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Flowing movement
  • Rhythm
  • Breathing

Pilates Core Strengthening Exercises

Pilates exercises have proven results in developing the body’s core (center) and mobilizing the spine. The core, consisting of the abdominal muscles and the muscles closest to the spine, is critical to how people move and to reducing the risk of injury. People who practice Pilates cite improvements in posture, strength, range of motion, flexibility, and reduction in back, neck and joint pain.

Pilates for Injury Rehabilitation

One of the many areas in which Pilates is increasingly utilized is rehabilitation from injury. Many injuries are caused by incorrect movements, excess pressure on muscles, and muscular imbalances. The way in which people walk, sit, bend, lie down, and even work out can wreak havoc on the body when performed incorrectly, creating pulls, tears, strains, and sprains. Pilates targets specific parts of the body, using breathing techniques and precise movements to increase the strength and flexibility of the entire body.

Pilates Equipment

Common equipment and props used to enhance Pilates workouts include:

  • Basic Mat
  • Magic Circle
  • Foam Roller
  • Pilates Ring
  • Pilates Ball
  • Fitness Bands
  • Magic Circles
  • Flex-Band
  • Wunda Chair
  • Ladder Barrel

Pilates Benefits

Mindful-based Pilates has multiple physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. These include:

  • Correct posture
  • Strong core
  • Increased spine and hip flexibility
  • Increased abdominal strength
  • Improved balance
  • Better coordination
  • Expanded range of motion
  • Back and neck pain relief
  • Injury prevention
  • Greater breath control
  • Improved concentration
  • Willpower development
  • Deeper understanding of the body and how it moves
  • Greater awareness of how to use one’s muscles correctly
  • Greater ease in performing daily activities
  • Enhanced sense-of-self

Pilates Classes and Instructors

Join the millions of people worldwide participating in Pilates! If you are a beginner, it is best to attend a group class led by a trained Pilates instructor before starting to practice Pilates at home. Pilates teachers offer essential feedback concerning proper technique, form, and body placement. Furthermore, when choosing a Pilates class, look for qualified Pilates instructors with Pilates Mat Certification and Comprehensive Pilates Certification.