The dictionary definition of precision is accuracy or exactness. These qualities are very important in Pilates. Precision can make all the difference in how much you get out of the exercises and it can make all the difference in an exercise being safe or not.
You can think of precision as quality over quantity. A few well executed exercises are much more beneficial to your body than a bunch of sloppy mindless movements.
Precision can also be thought of as intentional. When performing your Pilates exercises are you “going through the motions”? or are you intentionally activating the correct muscles?
Precision of movement can mean the difference between doing a beautiful “Long Spine” on Reformer, or landing on your neck. Precision of movement means keeping your lower body weight on your hips when doing The Hundred rather than letting your body weight fall into your lower back.
Precision requires concentration. Precision is achieved by accurately moving, reaching and placing the body and its parts. Be aware that every movement has a purpose and every cue or instruction is important to the success of the movement. Precision elevates the benefits of each exercise from superficial to intense. Let your focus be to complete each exercise as perfectly as possible for that given day. Every movement in the Pilates method has a purpose, even the transitions.
Next time you do your Pilates exercises try to maintain as much precision as possible and enjoy the results. Please let me know if you can "feel" the difference!