The main focus of The Pilates Method starts from and is sustained through The Center. Joseph Pilates called this center your"Powerhouse." We work around the center line. Two straight lines, one from shoulder to shoulder and one from hip to hip, form the frame or box.This centers the body in all movements.
Centering also refers to your mental and physical state. It means to calm your emotions and slow your mind and your breathing to a point where you can bring awareness to what is going on inside you, while being connected mentally and physically to your movements. Being centered means you have a reference point to come back to, bringing conscious focus to the present moment in the exercise you are doing. Since centering is a skill, you can improve your ability to concentrate by practicing. Your attention builds awareness. When the work is done with full concentration, you are in control of the movement performed.