The breathing in Pilates is often synonymous with the movement itself. Lots of clients ask about the “Pilates Breath” and how does it differ to a normal breath?
When we talk about breathing in Pilates, it is the deep, focused inhalation and exhalation that we use to initiate the movements. It is no more “Pilates Breath” than it is a good strong breath encouraging full use of the diaphragm and muscles that support the lungs. Developing good breathing technique helps us to connect the deep core muscles, focus the movements and aid relaxation. Concentrating on the breath in Pilates exercises helps to work the muscles mindfully.
“Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly. Our very life depends on it.” Joseph H. Pilates.