Pilates is a series of flowing, bodyweight exercises that develop core strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. It is suitable for everyone and can be adapted to suit all levels, including complete beginners.
There are six principles that underpin the traditional Pilates method. These are;
Synchronising your breathing with your movements, and using deep, full breaths.
Recruiting your centre, i.e. your core, when performing the exercises. (The core is the area from your upper back down to your hips.)
Focusing on the specifics of the exercises and giving the movements your full attention.
Maintaining complete mental control over your body and the movements you’re performing.
Performing the movements smoothly and with fluidity.
Ensuring correct placement and alignment of the body during the exercises.