“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a series of slow, defined exercises carried out on both the mat and resistance equipment. The exercises should be performed correctly, taking the time to establish the technique rather than rushing through them.
Everyone who participates in a Pilates class knows just how much there is to think about; breathing, using the right muscles and relaxing the others, listening to the instructor and so on. This can feel a little overwhelming at first but it is normal and will get easier as the body learns the new ways of doing things. When you are thinking of all those things, you are in the moment, living it and doing it – there is no time to think of anything else… However, by the end of your class, you will feel energised and calm.
The breathing method used in a Pilates exercise encourages relaxation and has been shown to improve moods and reduce anxiety. Using the breath will activate and energise the muscles and as you bring your attention to your body, you will be able to execute the movements precisely, with control and mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an important state of being to strive for at all times. Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment, not projecting yourself into anticipated future fears or dwelling too much on any past disappointments.
Do you need help to progress towards being mindful? Contact Envigour Pilates to book an appointment.