Pilates is a decisive practice with a distinct purpose. Precise execution of the pilates method elevates the inherent advantages exponentially moving from a lithe benefit to an exultation of intense empowerment.  By doing more than is merely needed, performing the moves with precise gusto and exacting passion, adhering accurately to the specific elements of the form will render rewards sublimely edifying.  In his writings Joe admonished “ Do not sacrifice knowledge to speed.”  Pilates is a process that cannot be crammed for instantaneous results, but must be engaged methodically and savored attending precisely to the particular elements of the practice.


Pilates is a movement modality engaged to condition the body and facilitate optimal functionality which means there is a precise form. The form encompasses the correct way of performing and practicing the myriad given exercises.  While variations and modifications are necessary to accommodate various populations for purposes of variety, safety and success, performing exercises to the best of ones abilities within specific sage and effective guidelines will result in greater advancement.  Details in execution are very important and need to be adhered to for successful achievement.  Each element is considered vital to the whole and must be attended to in its due course.  Forsaking any elemental building block will result in diminished benefit.

As a rule it is important to focus on performing each move with a precise effort and intention before moving on to the next challenge.  Again quality reigns over quantity.  A few perfected moves is better than an extensive array of half hearted sloppily executed ones. Through improvement movement control and skill will become consistently more effortless and precise.  This effortless precision will soon make one’s diurnal movements appear more naturally graceful and the energy expenditure in everyday activities more efficient.

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