The 9 Principles of Pilates
For breast cancer survivors using Pilates, it is extremely important to pay attention to the Pilates principles. Getting physical exercise is essential to recovery, but overdoing it can cause more harm than good. Make sure you review the principles below before beginning Pilates for breast cancer recovery, and ask for help from a certified Pilates instructor if you need it.
The 9 Pilates Principles
These principles guide each Pilates exercise to ensure that they are done correctly and safely. In Pilates, less is more. The emphasis is on a correct starting position with proper execution of the exercises; there is no wasted movement in Pilates. No more than five to eight repetitions are completed (except for the Hundreds), and breathing during each exercise is very important. Concentrate on the correct movement patterns first and then add Pilates breathing. If you’ve never done Pilates before, this may sound like a lot to think about. If possible, we recommend working with someone who is trained in Pilates first to get you on the right track.
Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI, is a certified occupational therapist and Pilates instructor, and the developer of the Recovercises program for breast cancer survivors. As an author and presenter at national seminars for health care providers, Aaronson seeks to educate both survivors and professionals about the importance of rehabilitation in recovery. She is the co-creator of the learning CDs Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates, Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water,...
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