The 8 Principles of Pilates

“Whether you are new to Pilates or have already been enjoying the benefits, I feel confident that with my experience and range of classes offered, you will be able to achieve results and achieve your goals.”

Carolyn x

Pilates is built around it’s eight basic principles:


This programme requires the movement of both body and the mind. It is essential that you concentrate on every movement to develop correct alignment and body awarenesses.


Before any real benefit can be derived from phyiscal exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly. Our life depends on it” – Return to life Joseph Pilates

Focus on breathing is essential to this form of exercise. Breath is one of the keys to life itself – the respiratory muscles are the only skeletal muscles essential to life – yet breath is often taken for granted. Research has shown that co-ordinating breathing out with movements that require the greatest effort provides the spine with the greatest stability. It helps us to decrease activity in muscles that are not necessary to the movement taking place. Co-ordinating the breath and movement takes practice.


The aim of Pilates is to teach the core or  ‘centre’ stability and then progress by test this stability with challenging movements. To achieve this effectively an individual must gain an understanding of alignment. Centring is a dynamic process that relates directly to both the challenge of limiting any unwanted movement as well as maintaining the control and flow of the movements that are supposed to be taking place at any given movement throughout the exercise.


Breath, control, mindfulness, centering, alignment and precision unite as the many groups of muscles work together to support and govern movement. Practicing each of the above principles achieves Pilates’ goal of an integrated mind-body workout.


The Pilates method stresses good posture and awareness of the placement of all parts of your body. During your Pilates workout, it is important to be aware of the position of your head, neck, spine and pelvis to ensure proper breathing and technique.


Pilates’ method is based on mindfulness, including proper, safe and complete muscle control. With proper control, you utilise the exact and correct form, leaving no part of your body unattended. In your mindful awareness, you direct each and every movement.

Flowing Movement

Flowing movement provides part of the uniqueness to the Pilates method. A focus on controlled, graceful and yet dynamic movement should be at the core of each movement.


Executing one exercise with deliberate exactitude is more important than completing more repetitions with sloppier form. For this reason, good Pilates instructors provide detailed instructions to their students on all Pilates movements.


Carolyn holds classes for Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate.

Pilates classes run on a course basis with a maximum of 12 people, allowing Carolyn to get to know everyone in the group personally and adapt exercises or introduce additional exercises as required.

Head over here for class information and here for class prices.

Pilates On-line

How to take part in an online class

Sign up to Zoom either on a laptop, phone or tablet. Go to Zoom here. Zoom is safe to use and requires little information.

If you want to join a class please email me at carolyn@norfolkpilatesandtherapy.co.uk. I will send you an invite with a link to the class.

You will need to set yourself up a mat or towel.

Find yourself somewhere quiet and where I can see you before you get online. i.e play around with your computer angles so I should be able to see you.

I will ask you to mute your microphone once you get online. You can mute and unmute to ask questions. You can also turn your camera off if you do not want to see yourself.

The cost of the classes is £5, however, if you pay a monthly fee of £20 you can join in as many classes as you like within that month.

Classes are payable by BACS or PayPal.

For NHS staff Classes are FREE.

For those who are worried about Zoom I will be offering classes on Facebook live on closed groups


Weightloss Challenge 8:00am

Tuesday ONLINE

Beginners 6:00pm
Intermediate & Advanced 7:00pm


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