CONCENTRATION: The way you do the exercise is more important than the exercise itself. Full attention and commitment will achieve maximum value.
CONTROL: 'Contrology' is based on total muscular control with conscious, deliberate movements powered by the mind.
CENTER(ING): To control your body you must have a starting point - the center, sometimes referred to as the 'powerhouse' (area between the lower ribs and pubic bone). All Pilates movements start in the center and move outwards.
FLOW: Fluidity, grace and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way. Physical energy exerted from the center should coordinate movements of the extremities.
PRECISION: This is an essential element for correct Pilates exercises and focuses on perfection. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts and trajectory for each part of the body.
BREATHING: In Pilates we breathe out with the effort and in on the return, increasing the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body. Proper full inhalation and complete exhalation are key.