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The Pilates method was created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the early 1920s. The method, originally called The Art of Contrology, combines a low-impact form of exercise that improves posture and increases core strength, flexibility and balance with the effective use of breathing to increase body awareness. This combination of exercise techniques, breath work and enhanced attention is what we refer to when we say that Pilates is a mindful approach to fitness.


Principles of Pilates

Pilates outlined six key principles in The Art of Contrology:

Concentration: All exercise begins in the mind. It is the mind that guides the body. Pilates' method uses visualization and imagery as a tool to link mind and body.

Centering: This is the main focus of the Method. All movement starts from and is sustained through the Center or Core. Pilates strengthens and lengthens the muscles of the core so that they can support the spine and the pelvis.

Control: When the work is done from the Center or Core and with full concentration, you are in control of the movements performed.

Breath: All exercises are coordinated with the rhythm of the breath. Pilates places great emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing.

Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and a trajectory for each part of the body. You work with quality instead of quantity.

Flow: The full workout is a succession of exercises performed with vigorous dynamics. There is a minimum of movement, especially in the transitions, for maximum flow. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises.


What we do at MindfulPilates

A) We focus on developing your muscle strength and muscle balance in the ‘‘center’’ or what is more commonly known in Pilates as the Core. The core muscles are your back and abdominal muscles, key muscles to postural stability.

B) We introduce you to the “whole body approach.” Pilates goes beyond the traditional fitness modalities to what you can call integrated isolation. Pilates exercises train several areas of the body at once. That is why we call it a whole body approach. Each exercise has a focus (i.e., mobilization, stability, endurance, balance, etc.) that is supported by the rest of the musculoskeletal frame.

C) We empower you to discover your “inner strength.” Learning correct breathing techniques will facilitate the deep mind-body element of the Pilates Method. Correct breathing techniques help restore oxygen, improve circulation, and calmthe nervous system. Awareness of the breath positively influences every facet of movement. Your stamina improves, you concentrate more efficiently, you move with ease.