The A-Z of Pilates - F for Flowing Movement

Flowing movement is one of the principals of Pilates and something that elevates it above other forms of exercise.  The idea during the execution of Pilates is to move smoothly through each element of an exercise without being jerky or disjointed, focusing on a seamless continuous flow of movement. This results in a quality and grace of movement that is supported by mind to body concentration, and synchronised breath control (see B for Breathing in my A-Z of Pilates).


The flow of movement also extends to the flow of the class content, so that each exercise can transition to the next, threading together to create a balanced series of exercises that keeps the body moving through strength work, mobilisation, and stretching. There is also little wasted opportunity when transitioning from one position of the body to another, so that in so much as is possible the body and muscles are always working and moving. This builds stamina and endurance and is actually very reminiscent of dance in that movement appears dynamic and strong, whilst at the same time being fluid, graceful and seemingly effortless. Practising Pilates regularly will not only strengthen weak muscles but will also help to reduce stress, lengthen and tone muscles that are tight, improving elasticity, mobility in the joints, overall alignment and complete body balance.


If you are already a devotee of Pilates and like to practice at home, this is one of my beginner mat routines for a typical flowing workout:


  • Spine Twist
  • Rib cage closure
  • Toy soldier
  • Spine curls
  • Single Knee fold
  • Double knee fold
  • Toe taps
  • Abdominal curls
  • Hip rolls
  • Oyster
  • Side Dart
  • Diamond press
  • Prone dart
  • CAT


If you have never tried Pilates before and would like give it a try please just get in touch via my contact page. Look forward to seeing you!

This entry was posted on November 22, 2017