SIX KEY PRINCIPLES
All the work starts from and is sustained through the center. Joseph Pilates called this center your “Powerhouse.” We work around the center line. Two straight lines run through and are perpendicular to the center line: one from
shoulder to shoulder; and one from hip to hip. We call this the Frame or Box.
This framework centers the body in all actions.
Your exercises should always be executed with
focused concentration. It is the mind that guides the body. The exercises are not done on autopilot.
We center the mind with the body in action. We bring the five aspects of the mind
into the workout: intelligence, intuition, imagination, will and memory.
When the work is done from the center and with full concentration you are in control of the movements performed. We do not let habit (most often wrong ) or gravity take over. Joseph Pilates called his method “ The Art of Contrology.”
These exercises were designed with a precise goal in mind. To reach the full benefit of each and every exercise you must pay the utmost attention to detail. All exercises have a optimal dynamic a clear structure and a precise form.
Work with quality instead of quantity.
These exercises are done to the rhythm of your breathing and your heartbeat. We inhale on the point of effort to send fresh oxygen to the muscles when they need it most. When we exhale try to get all the stale air out of your lungs completely.
The full workout is a flowing succession of exercises performed with vigorous dynamics. There is a minimum of movement, especially in the transitions for a maximum flow.
Old Town Pilates
Old Town Medical Arts Building
1106 N. Cedar Third Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48906