The Principles of Pilates (part 2)

As promised, in the second part of “The principles of Pilates”, we will deepen other fundamental aspects of the method. 

Let’s see together what they are:

Fluidity: no movement should be performed in a rigid and contracted way, neither too fast nor too slow. In the movement there must be harmony, grace and fluidity alongside the control of the movement itself. According to J. Pilates the fluidity of the movements derives from the strength of the center: of the “Power House”.

Centralization: J. Pilates called the lumbar, pelvic and abdominal regions “Power House”. All the work is aimed at having a strong center able to control the whole body during the execution of the movements. Centralization is understood as the principle of stabilization of the pelvis through the synergistic work of the abdominal region with the pelvic and lumbar region. Adequate development of work in the center means less energy expenditure and a lower incidence of injuries and lower back pain. In the photo, the musculature belonging to the “Power House” is illustrated in the box.

Isolation: While performing the movements, we will try to isolate the individual muscles at work. This obviously requires great awareness and patience as all of this will be achieved over time.

Precision: precision is another fundamental aspect that comes from controlling movements. Lack of control in the execution of the exercises inevitably leads to incorrect interpretations and executions. The precision of the movements determines the balance of muscle tone which translates, in everyday life, into the grace and economy of the movements.

These, we can define them as the fundamental principles that we read in magazines and books, but I would add two other principles that we often encounter during the execution of the exercises and that I have often mentioned in my articles:

Balance: not only between muscles, joints and ligaments, but also between mind and body. If the body and mind approach the point of balance, it will be possible to create a synergy of harmonious movements combined with a positive mind, thus avoiding injuries or annoying muscle contractures. Also, your way of thinking will change the way you act.

Awareness: how many times have I used this term in previous articles … Being aware of what we are doing and with which muscles we are putting it into practice is in my opinion what allows us to apply in everyday life what we learn in a Pilates lesson. Therefore, those benefits that we get after a lesson, we can reproduce them with small conscious gestures, at any time of the day.

With this deepening on the Principles of Pilates, we can therefore consider that one of them is connected to the other, creating a pleasant harmony between them that will be reflected in the body and mind.

See you soon!