The Pilates method requires both physical and mental training, the Pilates Principles are what makes Pilates different from other forms of exercise, the principles are:
Concentration - Bringing your minds full attention to the exercise and fully committing to it in order for maximum value to be gained from each movement.
Breathing- Joseph Pilates advocated thinking of the lungs as bellows using long full breaths to draw breath in and out of the body, as he recognised that the breath powers the movement. So co-ordinating the breath is an intergral part of the Pilates method.
Centring- Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone.
Control - Every exercise is conducted slowly with complete muscular control, no other body parts should be moving or left to their own devices.
Precision- to avoid risk of injury and discomfort exercises are controlled and co-ordinated to precisely work the whole body.
Flowing Movement- each exercise is connected in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in smooth flowing way.
Isolation- is training the mind to communicate and isolate the muscle groups in order for specific areas of the body to be worked evenly. This ensures that the larger external muscles dont take over and over develop and the internal muscles are strengthened and toned to give a long lean look.
Routine- Pilates is a way of life and needs to be practiced regularly in order to achieve the full benefits and maintain a healthy body and mind.
"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference and in 30 you'll have a whole new body." ....Joseph Pilates.