“Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits.”
Pilates is often considered the “thinking person’s workout”. This is likely due to the level of concentration and focus required to do each exercise precisely and accurately.
Every movement we do starts at our brains, as that is what directs our muscles to move. Concentrating on every exercise allows our mind to breathe and our muscles to work harder. It also assists us with attaining grace and suppleness.
How Pilates helps with concentration
In Pilates there is a strong focus on developing awareness of how we move. The bridge between the two is concentration. Concentration allows us to centre ourselves (another important principle in Pilates). Developing our awareness through concentration enables our movements to become more precise. This then allows our muscles to respond better to the effort required.
We may often find concentration difficult to find but Pilates helps focus the mind. Pilates achieves this through its focus on precise, accurate and efficient movement.
This allows us to achieve the most benefit from each session and we leave feeling revitalised, relaxed and focused.