Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pilates Principles: Flow

Pilates, when done correctly should look like a graceful performance.  It takes a great amount of energy to ensure the exercises look effortless.  Other basic principles such as breath and concentration need to first be in place before flow can occur.  Flow also relates to smooth transitions.  Each exercise should flow into the next without taking breaks in between.  The tempo of each exercise can fluctuate, however it needs to be done with purpose.  

The equipment will tell you if you are using flow correctly.  Ideally the machine will be quite when you are in control, otherwise springs will bang or clank.  It takes a high level of focus to make sure each exercise is done in this manner.  This can take years of practice to perfect.  It is also one of the most rewarding of the principles.

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