Through practice, the mind is becoming aware of its capabilities, limitations, strengths and weaknesses of the body, and that's where begins a balanced work and thought to improve the physical and mental. Strengthening the power center, power center, or simply center or neutral ("powerhouse" by J. Pilates), is the key. Located on the lower trunk (abdominal and lumbar), enables the body to move freely and evenly, avoiding movements and / or compensation harmful. All body movements are initiated and are supported from the center, which helps keep the body balanced. Breathing plays an important role as it incorporates all the exercises to strengthen the center, for better breathing and with it the development capacity (strength and flexibility) of all muscles of the body.
The results of good practice are significant. Increased lung capacity and improved blood circulation are the first purpose intended, to translate into strength, flexibility, good posture and mental coordination. Instead of perform many repetitions of each exercise, Pilates preferred to perform more precise movements, requiring control and form. He created over 500 different exercises. Pilates is very suitable for people with medical problems, however they must have a medical evaluation to approve the application of pilates or which restricts certain exercises.
Exercises Here is a handy reference to the Pilates exercises. Alignment and Breathing For this you need a mat or soft surface where you lie down. The first thing to do is learn to breathe properly. To do this you lie back on the floor and perform the "alignment" of your body, that is, you lie fully stretched with your chin almost touching your chest, neck stretched straight and your shoulders aligned with your hips, your back straight and supported as much as possible to the ground, your arms stretched out next to your body with palms facing the floor and toes together and open your legs straight and ankles together, feet fall naturally to the sides.