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Published March 20, 2019

Whether you are starting on a healing journey, or looking to maintain your current health, Pilates will help. Pilates has a long history with both healing and health maintenance. Through its focus on 8 key principles, Pilates has helped thousands of Canberrans like yourself. Centering is one of the fundamental principles of Pilates and refers to the connection between mind and body, as well as the centre, (also referred to as your core, or the “powerhouse”) of your body.

Originally called “Contrology”, Pilates is the practice of strengthening the mind and body connection. By being present in your body, you are able to more effectively control your movement and get the most out of your Pilates session.

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How Pilates helps you find your Centre

A strong, stable centre is integral to good Pilates practice, as this is where all movement emanates from. Often used synonymously the “core” or “powerhouse” is generally accepted to include your diaphragm, deep abdominals, pelvic floor and multifidus. These muscles, when strong and acting effectively together, play a vital role in supporting your torso and back plus provide you with a solid foundation for movement. By improving the strength of your centre, Pilates can help reduce your risk of injury.

Through your Pilates journey you will develop a stronger awareness of how you move and where that movement comes from. Your instructors will work to help you create that connection between the mind and body.

The techniques you learn in your sessions will soon feed into your everyday life, as you become more aware of your body and the way it moves.  

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About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.

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