The Pilates method covers the deep postural muscles, it works by building strength from the inside out. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back.When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain.
As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently. As well as bringing strength, flexibility and balance, its a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tention.
The Pilates Principles:
Concentration- Promotes mind/body connection. As you focus on each movement you will receive more physical value and enhance your body awareness.
Centering- By paying attention to the muscles of the core (the Pilates Powerhouse), you will help all of your bodies' muscles function and develop more efficiently.
Control-Control is the key to performing the exercises correctly, all movements should be performed with precision in order to gain the maximum benefits.
Breathing- Controlling your breath with deep exhalations as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keep you focused.
Precision- Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to ensure you gain the most benefit and keep your body healthy.
Flow- Each Pilates motion should be smooth and graceful. Try to create the grace of a dancer or a gymnast in your practice.
Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.