Principles of Pilates

BREATHING: 

” Is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it, Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never learned to master the art of correct breathing” – Joseph Pilates. Pilates attempts to properly coordinate a proper breathing practice with movement. 

CENTERING:

Represents the act of drawing your own mental and physical focus during each exercise to the core or centre, This is roughly the area between your lower ribs and hips, although it also includes the lower and upper back muscles. 

 CONCENTRATION:

” Contrology exercises build a sturdy body and sound mind fitted to perform every daily task with ease and perfection as well as provide tremendous reserve energy for sports and recreation” – Joseph Pilates.                                          This is simply paying close attention to the specifics of every Pilates exercise. Bringing your full attention to the movements of each exercise in order to obtain maximum value.

CONTROL:

“Be certain that you have your entire body under complete mental control… Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control” -Joseph Pilates                                                                                                                                                            This represents the concept that it is your mind that directs and manages each separate muscular movement.

FLOW:

All Pilates exercises should be done in a flowing manner, with the goals of fluidity, elegance and grace. The intention is that the energy one exerts during exercise should connect all body parts smoothly and thereby flow evenly through your body.

PRECISION: Is the final fundamental principle and in the practice of Pilates it is imperative for both student and instructor to have a conscience awareness of precision during each exercises movement. Joseph Pilates teachings were always very specific in the placement, alignment, and trajectory for each moving part of the body.

These principles provide a wonderful foundation from a century ago for all the recent and ongoing evolution of Pilates into so many interesting and effective new fitness programs and techniques. Tiptoe Pilates – continually strives to evolve the practice of Pilates to meet the changing needs of our bodies whilst always maintain Joseph’s fundamental principles. – Louise Champ-Hill –