Pilates was originally called Contrology. Joseph Pilates, the inventor, intended it to be about the art of controlling the muscles... an exercise method where you use your mind to control your body and muscles. The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the "powerhouse" (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath....
This gives new clients a lot to think about and coordinate whilst attending their first few sessions. But something clicks around the third session and I see clients starting to self correct their own posture, engaging abdominals correctly as they exhale, or lengthening their lower back when called for. That's when I know they've found their 'flow' in pilates. They are learning about their body which is on a path of reawakening.
Pilates is much more than the art of control. It's designed to give sense of awareness of how we move in everyday life. The byproduct of suppleness and natural grace are skills that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. Find your flow.
"Contrology teaches you to be in control of your body, and not at its mercy." - Joseph Pilates (1880 - 1967)