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Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It is a physical fitness system practiced worldwide, especially in the western countries.
There are numerous versions of Pilates taught today, however majority of them are based on the 9 principles below.
Breathing is a core principle of Pilates
The Pilate method dictates that the way the exercise is done is more important than the exercise itself. Therefore, Pilates demands a high level of focus.
Muscle control and Pilates go hand-in-hand. All Pilates exercises are done with control, utilising the muscles to lift against gravity and springs or cables can be used to provide extra resistance.
The bodyâ€™s core is the focal point of the Pilates method. The abdomen, lower and upper back, buttocks, hips and inner thighs are considered by many Pilates teachers as the â€œpowerhouseâ€. Pilates method dictates that all movement should begin from the center of the body and move outward to the limbs.
Pilates is all about flow, where every movement has a meaning. The exercises are intended to be seamless and flow into one another, allowing you to build strength and stamina.
Pilates exercises help with posturing and correcting muscle imbalances.
When it comes to Pilates, it is quality over quantity; doing one precise and well-formed movement is better than many halfhearted ones. The goal is for this precision to eventually become second nature and carry over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement.
Correct muscle firing patterns and improved mental concentration are enhanced with relaxation.
With increased precision, motion becomes more efficient so there is less stress to perform the exercises.
Practising Pilates is associated with relaxation of the body and also the mind. It helps build stamina and aids in muscle toning.
Due to the nature of the exercises, avoid wearing shorts, which could ride up when in certain postures. Instead, wear capris or leggings with a tank top or long-sleeve t-shirt. Pilates can be practiced in barefoot or in socks.