Pilates exercises – is the alignment of the whole body
The basis of this principle is the optimal distribution of loads on the musculoskeletal system (OA) under the influence of gravity. With the optimal position of the ODE, the joints and bones will experience less static-dynamic load, which helps to achieve maximum results in using the physical potential of the body.
Simply put, our body is created brilliantly. It is able to function for many decades with minimal wear, provided that it is used correctly. All our joints are congruent, that is, the shapes of the surfaces coincide. Between them there is a special lubricant. All this allows the joints to not wear out when working. But, very few people adhere to this principle. We see adolescents on the streets with their pants down and their shoulders stooped, and from that moment on, their congruency is already broken and wear begins, at 40 they are already patients of the clinics. Or, as a result of an injury, for a long time you were limping on one leg, the injury has passed, but the habit has remained, as a result, wear is on the healthy leg. There are many such examples.
When working with students, we constantly pay attention to their body position, to help them in determining their own alignment in each exercise.
Pilates exercises – integration of movements
All the principles discussed earlier, as a rule, are present in the same exercise at the same time. It is important to be able to combine all the principles together, performing the movement smoothly and harmoniously.
To achieve such harmony, the method pays special attention to concentration, controlling each part of the exercise. The movement comes from the center and is determined by the smoothness of the breathing rhythm, which allows you to gently move from one exercise to another. As a result, the philosophy of the method is transferred to body movements in everyday life. Therefore, Pilates exercises are not just a sequence of exercises, but a lifestyle.
Over time, ownership of the principles will become natural for the body, you won’t have to think about them, which will allow you to move on to more complex exercises and move forward in strength, flexibility and internal search. A person engaged in Pilates can always be distinguished in the crowd by the way he holds his back, his head, how he moves. He does not make abrupt and unnecessary movements, his gait is light, airy. Pay attention to how your instructor moves. After all, it represents the personification of the method. The instructors of our studio are constantly working on themselves, improving their skills as a teacher and their body. This is important, because a theory that is not transformed into personal experience on its body will remain a theory and cannot be transferred to those who are engaged.
This is similar to how secret knowledge was transferred from the master to the student and, if the master himself did not master this knowledge perfectly, he could never pass it on. If you see that the instructor does not look like a Pilates instructor, justified by the lack of time, opportunity and so on, do not waste your time in vain.
Joseph Pilates wrote in his book, “Returning to Life through the Control”, “If your spine does not bend at 30, you are already old, and if your spine bends at 60, you are young.” Your biological age is determined by spinal mobility. Currently, science has found full confirmation of this. As soon as movement in the spine ceases, blood circulation in this zone is disrupted and, without oxygen and nutrients, the tissues begin to degrade. Stagnation creates favorable soil for various pathologies. We also recall that the innervation of all internal organs comes from the spinal cord through the nerve roots and our task is to maintain the full functioning of the spine. With the loss of mobility in the segment of the spine or joint, our body will build a whole chain of compensations, causing excessive movement higher or lower. As a result, wear and injury can occur in a completely different place.
A well-composed Pilates lesson contains exercises for the development of mobility of the spinal column in all directions. There are stages of diseases in which these movements are prohibited. Please inform the instructor about the presence of pathologies, or take an individual lesson to discuss this with the instructor in detail and find the right solution. Often this is solved by isolating the movement in those departments where this movement is possible. For example, with a hernia in the lumbar extension, extension should be practiced in the thoracic region.