Exercise to Integrate Body & Mind

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Let us take a look at J.H. Pilates’ definition of fitness: “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

If we accept his definition of fitness as the philosophical foundation of his method, we can safely deduce that it is not possible to achieve this state of fitness without a unity of body, mind and spirit. This means that the Pilates method’s objective has to be: to achieve this unity and integration of body, mind and spirit – a balance in what we feel, what we want and what we are, a balance in the physical, mental and emotional centre. Now, to the theory in detail.

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Bodyhood Pilates proposes the idea behind the Pilates method to be:
A uniform eccentric loading flowing through progressive patterns of movement.

The objective of the Pilates method:
“The attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” J. H. Pilates

The vehicle to this objective:
“Well-designed exercises, properly performed, in a balanced sequence” (Friedman/Eisen).

The principle for achieving this objective:
Eccentricity (movement out of the core) starting from a state of release. Eccentricity challenges the ability of the two core centres (the deep muscle corset system and shoulder girdle stabilizers) to gain and maintain control of the body as an integrated whole through a progressive movement pattern of flexion, extension, rotation and torsion.

All in all, the idea, principle and vehicle are all geared to the aim of the Pilates method: a unity and integration of body, mind and spirit.

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