The Guiding

Principles

In order to practise Pilates effectively, you will need to grasp the basic philosophy behind the method. At Body Control Pilates, we list eight principles that underpin our approach to the teaching and practise of Pilates:

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Stamina

Pilates exercises are usually performed only for a low numbe...

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Relaxation

Relaxation of the mind and the body is an essential part of...

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Flowing movements

Pilates movements are controlled, graceful and flowing, leng...

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Coordination

Each movement involved in a Pilates exercise should be perf...

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Concentration

Thoughtful awareness of your whole body while you are perfor...

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Centring

Depending on your school of Pilates, this may be referred to...

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Breathing

Breath is the essence of life itself. It is a movement proce...

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Alignment

Correct alignment at the start of and throughout the movemen...