The Magic Circle
The Magic Circle (also called a Pilates Ring) is one of the original tools Joseph Pilates created to help connect to your centre more easily.
Like everything else in Pilates, the magic circle is secondary to your core and is never the main point of any exercise.
Think of the Magic Circle as an eager assistant helping the core muscle groups become more efficient in its job and helping you accomplish greater results. If you feel tension outside the central core (neck tension), or you become more aware of the magic circle than the centre of your body, you are probably devoting too much of your strength to the ring and will miss out on some of the benefits of the exercise being taught. When used properly, you will find the magic circle a great tool for deepening your Pilates workout.