Learning the principles of the Pilates Method and applying them systematically is critical to achieving benefits.
If we automate this way of working, we will have learned to act a little healthier for a lifetime. It is no exaggeration to say that, once the principles are internalized, we are no longer the same, because the movement and the perception of the posture change.
The principles change in denomination and number according to the different schools of formation but, put into practice, they end up being always the same because there is no other way to begin to internalize the Method and it is taught as it is or it ceases to be a method.
To understand the potential of the exercises is necessary to learn the principles, in fact, these are the basis of the method, without them any element or machine is no longer a platform with springs and hooks nothing different than what you could have in the room Weights of a sophisticated gym or in a collective maintenance class.
Learning the Pilates Method is facilitated with the use of visual orientations, mental images proposed by the teacher that they are attempting to carry out to achieve a clearer and more effective movement.
Generally, we have already integrated some of these images and, sometimes, they are erroneous, producing tensions, bad posture habits, injuries and other deviations of the physical behavior. The key to the success of the Method is the modification of these images and the integration of new ones.
Depending on the brain connections that occur, will activate some or other parts of the body, hence the importance of visualizations. For example, it is easier to raise the arm thinking, visualizing and performing the action of stretching the index finger than thinking of the little finger.
Principles of the Pilates Method
When you do an exercise of the method you are not only trying to get yourself in a certain position but to do it following the “principles Pilates”, essential if you really want to do Pilates and no maintenance gymnastics.
The principles are common guidelines for performing the exercises that make Pilates a universal method, no matter who teaches you if you do under these guidelines and knows how to transmit them. Principles, once learned, are no longer forgotten.
How many principles exist?
It depends on the school in which you graduate or the teacher who teaches you the exercises. The important thing is not the quantity but the final result is the same: absolute benefit of each exercise that is carried out
Why are stabilizations so important?
These are the ones that give the true meaning to the method, is the difference between a well-done exercise and a mediocre one. This detail makes the exercise beneficial to health and fitness or a hobby that might be the cause of injury or abandonment due to boredom.
Training, repetitions, thinking about the exercises as they are done, changing the positions that are overloading and changing bad posture habits, gradually adopting those that are being learned are the keys to a future, not too distant, healthier and more attractive.