Observations of science and art in coordinated natural movements
“The Pilates Method”
The prime consideration that one must be willing to accept when making a decision to become more fit is the fact that exercise must be continued throughout life to sustain any benefits you gain from it.
Two emphasized movements exist in Pilates: Western exercise approach which focuses attention on muscle tone, strength and motion. Eastern approach on being centered, calm, whole with an emphasis on stretching and limberness.
Principles Of The “Method”
- Concentration to the movements
- All physical motion completely controlled by the mind
- Physical center where all motion originates & strengthening this center
- Flowing motion outward from a strong center
- Seek precision in coordinating all movements
- Learn to breathe, coordinating breath with each movement of an exercise
Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said “To neglect one’s body for any other advantage in life is the greatest of follies”
A Greater Understanding Of “The Inner Body”
Much of my understanding comes from thinking of my students as “teachers” and taking “instruction” from their movement patterns. By using my eyes and touch I construct a sense of the individuals anatomy that is particular to each person I come in contact with. I have learned that as long as a new pattern of thinking is active during movement, then a new pattern of muscle activity is automatically being used to decrease physical stress and a more balanced alignment of skeletal parts.
Over a period of time and daily attention to new patterns in thinking and action, the body’s shape will be transformed. I watched this transformation in students who committed 2 times a week for 6 weeks at USD’s summer fitness yoga program; Strength, endurance, alignment, body shape, focus and breathing were dramatically different. By the last week of the program everyone was up in supported head stand in the center of the room….Bravo and Well Done!
Looking forward to an outstanding Fall Semester