Proper alignment balances your skeleton so your muscles are held at their ideal length, without tension. If your body is constantly held out of good alignment, it places a great strain on your muscles, ligaments, and joints, which will reduce your body’s ability to react to the force of gravity, resulting in aches and pains and inhibited movement. Pilates gives you an opportunity to learn to correct your misalignment and allow your muscles to work as efficiently as they should.
As you exercise, always strive to correct your alignment because it will directly impact on the effectiveness of your workout. Use a mirror where possible to check your alignment and develop your ability to observe how your body moves. Check your feet are in line with your knees and hips, your shoulders are level, and your waist long. For floor exercises, use the mat as a guide. Work in the centre and keep the distances between the sides of the mat and your body equal during the workout.