Pilates classes are back in full swing after the Christmas break and it was lovely to see everyone return with such enthusiasm.
At the start of the new year it’s always good to stop, take stock and start the year mindful of the weeks and months ahead. Our Pilates practise is no exception. With this in mind, our first classes of the year have focused on the fundamentals of Pilates, Striping exercises back to basics and concentrating on good alignment, precision and quality of movement, and mind/body connection.
Planning January classes was a good opportunity to review the 6 Pilates principles.
Awareness of your whole body while performing the exercises is key. If you are new to Pilates you may find that when your mind wanders during class, you lose the flow and precision of the movement or your alignment alters. Pilates requires concentration in order to bring your full attention to the starting position and execution of each movement.
Pilates classes always start by bringing focus to the ‘centre’ or ‘core’ of the body. This helps us maintain support and control of the body as movement takes place. It does so by encouraging the recruitment of deep core muscles that help control and stabilise movement.
Joseph Pilates call his exercise method ‘Contrology’ and he was strict that his exercises were done with accuracy and complete muscular control. Initially, achieving control of movement is a conscious process but through practise this becomes more automatic.
Joseph wrote, “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last. Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” Pilates breathing helps calm the mind and gives us better focus and flow of movement. It also helps ease muscle tension.
Precision is key to getting the most out of your Pilates Practise. Being mindful and focused on good movement and alignment is not only a workout for the body but also the brain.
Pilates movements are controlled, graceful and flowing, lengthening outwards from a strong core.
Interested in joining a Pilates class or setting up a private session? Our classes take place in Wimbledon with something for all levels of ability. Just get in touch to find out more.