The Six Pilates Principles
Joseph Pilates originally called his work Contrology. He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. Whether you are working out on a mat or using Pilates equipment, like the Reformer or Cadillac, these basic principles infuse each exercise with intention and fullness of expression.
The 6 Pilates principles (Breath, Concentration, Control, Precision, Centre and Flow) were actually created by Joseph’s students. They condensed his theories into 6 simple ideas to preserve and make his method accessible for future generations of students. The 6 essential principles are important to keep in mind as you begin your Pilates journey or dive deeper into your practice.