There are several variations of Pilates principles, ranging from those that Joesph Pilates pioneered in the early 1900s to contemporary adaptations that incorporate modern understanding of fitness, anatomy and biomechanics.
Essentially, the Pilates principles are as follows:
● Control/Precision - It's not about intensity or multiple "reps," it's more about proper form for safe, effective results.
● Centering - A mental focus within the body calms the spirit. A particular focus on the torso (abs, pelvic girdle, lower back, gluts), as develops a strong core and enables the rest of the body to function efficiently. All action initiates from the trunk and flows outwards to the extremities.
● Stabilizing - Before you move you have to be still. Makes for a safe starting place for mobility.
● Alignment - Proper alignment is key to good posture. You'll be aware of the position of your head and neck on the spine and pelvis, right down through the legs and toes.
● Fluidity - Smooth, continuous motion rather than jarring repetitions. Pilates has a grace and elegance to it.
● Integration - Several different muscle groups are engaged simultaneously to control and support movement. All principles come together, making for a holistic mind-body workout.
Pilates with Props
Try out our newest group class - Pilates with Props! It will wake you up and get you rolling. This inspiring and innovative session will incorporate props that roll, large and small balls, foam roller and elastic resistance bands. Reinvent your mat workout, try some new exercises and put more bounce in your life. Designed to help participants develop leaner, longer-looking muscles, establish core strength and stability, and heighten mind-body awareness. Props are incorporated to add variety. Class capacity is 5 participants.