Language Of Pilates


Alignment: The placement of the body parts in relationship to one another as well as their relationship to the gravity or resistance.

Anchoring: Is the way how each exercises is stabilised by the powerhouse and support by critical connections.

Arms Move From The Back: this mean that arms movements initiate from the back. the serrates anterior and trapezius depress and stabilise the scapula for correct arm movement to avoid over- recruitment of the shoulders and chest.

Articulate: Stack one vertebra at a time, rolling down bone by bone releasing one vertebra at a time onto the mat.

Box: Refers to the imaginary lines running from shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip completed the rectangular shape with two lines running from shoulder to hip.

C- Curve: It is creating by the deep pull of the transverse abdomens wrapping around the spine creating the opening of spinal column in flexion deepening the body into a lifted curve.

Centerline: The line running downward from the nose, navel and pubic bone to the heels. Pilates exercises demand constant activation into the centreline of the body, whether the legs are together or apart.

Critical connections

Three Anchors: Inner thighs and sits bones( toward the centerline) with abdominals scoop in and up.

Rib to Scapula / Scapula to Rib: It’s supports the body by aligning, stabilising and mobilising the scapula in relationship to the rib.

Heel and Buttock Connection: Promotes proper alignment of the lower limbs.

Length: A movement of reaching an extremity without tensing it.

Perch: The active engagement of the buttocks muscle. ” Pinch lift and grow tall as you sit”

Scoop: Is the synergistic interaction between the transverse abdomens, pelvis floor and multifidus to initiate pilates movements, support the spine and stabilise the pelvis.