"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion."
Joseph Pilates

With Pilates you will develop proper control over your body and its movements, and over time you will find you have greater flexibility, strength and self-awareness.

At the start developing your control will require a conscious effort but soon it will become second nature as you continue to practise each exercise slowly and accurately. You will also find your movements become more efficient and flow better.

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Efficiency or Speed?

Be careful however, not to confuse efficiency with speed. The faster you perform each movement, particularly in the beginning, the sloppier and less controlled those movements become. This can also further aggravate any existing injuries or conditions you may have, or even increase your risk of injury.

To perform each movement efficiently means less effort is required. Through continued practise and with assistance from your instructors you will begin to find it easier to perform each movement accurately. This is what we mean by moving efficiently.

Practising the principles of control in Pilates and learning how to move more efficiently will help you perform these every day activities effectively and with less strain on the body.