Alignment in pilates

Alignment is the key when it comes to pilates. Actually, it is vital that your body is correctly aligned to restore and also to maintain muscle balance. A good alignment implies that your muscles will be able to maintain the body’s joints, where bones meet and articulate, in their natural zone. If a joint in your body is in an unnatural alignment and if, with this bad alignment, you exercise without paying attention to the normal position, then you can cause harmful injuries on your joints. That’s the main reason why you should always keep in your mind that idea of alignment when you exercise for your safety and wellness.

Then, for correcting any imbalances, the correct positionning is necessary to get the right muscles working in an efficient way. In Pilates, the idea of alignment is specially developped when it comes to the the spine and pelvis. Actually, the correct alignment of the pelvis and the spine is the main point, in all  pilates workouts. As the spine has an “S” shape with natural curves, it’s fundamental to maintain those curves the way they are during most of the exercises.

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Start 2014 with a great lifestyle

So 2014 is now here and I think many of you want to try some sports. So what about Pilates hum ? Great idea, you can start at any level, it’s fun, it tones your whole body, so why wait ? If you’re looking for some exercise to do on this brand new year, I absolutely recommand the pilates method =)

 

 

 

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The six principles of Pilates

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The Pilates Principles are general rules governing the execution of all exercises of the method.  There are six principles that anyone should keep in mind when they do pilates and those six principles are : Concentration, control, centering, flow, precision and breathing. Once  you’ve learned that, you’re ready to do Pilates the right way.

1) Concentration : you have to pay attention on the way you are doing the exercises. FOCUS is the key word because Pilates requires intense concentration along the entire class. It is the only way to get from the exercises maximum benefit. In Pilates the way that exercises are done is most of the time more important than the exercises themselves. So remember : focus.

2) Control : originally Joseph Pilates, the inventor of the Pilates method, called “Contrology” to highlight the importance of the correct and controlled execution of each movement. You have to be in control of every aspect in every moment, that way you’ll control your body instead of being at it’s mercy.

3) Centering : The center is the middle of the body and the place where its strength lies. The motion originates in the center and then it’s transmitted to the limbs. It’s certainly the focal point of the Pilates method. 

4) Flow : The movements must be performed in a natural and easy way, smoothly. Flow must be created through the use of appropriate transitions. The Pilates method is the flowing movement outward from a really strong core.

5) Precision : Each exercise should be executed in the most perfect way to achieve the goal it has set. You have to focus on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many approximative ones, that way you will work effectively.

6) Breathing :  Breathing is extremely important in Pilates. To all Pilates exercises  a breathing pattern is assigned. Breathing correctly improves gas exchange and facilitates the execution of the exercises. In Pilates exercises, the practitioner usually breathes out with the effort and in on the return. It’s fundamental to learn how to breath correctly.

 

Pilates in a few words…

Pilates is a training method that develops the body in a balanced way, corrects bad posture and restores physical vitality. The exercises can be done on the floor or by using some accessories such as fitballs, rollers or rings for example.

It is a good way to develop fitness for daily activity and to complement the sport too. How does it work? This method is great for working the inner muscles and stretch the outer muscles.

Pilates improves strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. More precisely, it improves the mobility of the spine, the posture, it increases the ability to activate the transverse abdominal  and obliques improving  lumbo pelvic stabilization. Pilates decreases back pain and levels of non structural scoliosis and also balances the flexor and extensor muscles of the trunk among many other things.