Active MK Fitness
Use Pilates to balance your energy and get more out of your daily life
Start the year a more balanced centred you. Pilates is for everybody. Its an ideal way to start becoming fitter, and if you already exercise, its a great way to get stronger and more flexible to enhance your training.
Come to my Monday 7.30pm class at Caroline Haslett School and reap the benefits of this amazing way to train. If you have never been to my Monday class before just quote BODYBALANCE 2014 to get all your February and March classes for only £6.
The Eight Principles Of Pilates
Centering: Physically bringing the focus to the centre of the body, the powerhouse (core muscle group) area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Pilates exercises are sourced from centre.
Concentration: If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.
Control: Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices.
Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each part of the body.
Breath:Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows - using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise. Pilates breathing is known as Thoratic or Lateral breathing. Expanding and contracting the ribs as you breathe.
Flow: Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity and grace are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way.
Coordination: To refine the brain’s control of the body’s movement and dynamic function.
Imaging: To develop an internal visual sense of the body in both postural alignment and functional movement, which enhances the quality and efficiency of movement.