This blog is the latest in the series highlighting and attempting to clarify and simplify the principles of pilates. This blog will focus on the principle of BREATH.......
Oxygen is important for the correct functioning of muscles and focusing on breathing during pilates ensures that they are fully oxygenated during movement.
Pilates uses lateral breathing, chanelling the breath wide into the body's back and sides enabling the ribcage to expand, ensuring that your abdominals can stay strong as you breath and move.
Often during movement we exhale on the effort to help engage the deep core muscles effectively and efficiently, preventing abdominal bulge, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
: Often in our lives we breath shallowly into our chests. Lateral breathing helps to encourage a deeper inhalation, supplying our body with fresh oxygen, benefiting our skin, muscles and blood.
: Try to synchronise your breath to the movement - not always easy, especially if you are new to pilates, but it does become easier over time with patience and practise!
: Try to hear your out breath, like a sign through your lips.
: Most importantly of all however, DON'T FORGET TO BREATH - that important outbreath helps our deep core muscles to activate and helps prevent us from tensing up.
Next pilates class try to focus on your breathing.