Written by Yael Bizouati
I lost my beautiful teenage son four years ago.
He was the love of my life, a magical soul and the most impressive human being I’ve ever come across.
Writing about my grief as a mother is not an easy task. I want to share my experience of grief, loss and especially how a practice of Pilates, among other things, has helped me navigate this thing some call a “journey,” but I call hell.
One of the multiple beautiful aspects of the Pilates method, and one of its core tenets, is the focus on the mind-body connection—something I discovered with the practice and something I continue to delve into now that I’m an instructor. This belief is not rooted in religion or spirituality (although one can, of course, bring spirituality to the practice) but rather rooted in the belief that the mind and the body cannot properly work disjointedly.
Written by Kerri Bender
It began as a simple idea, really just a musing, about offering free Pilates training to assist in the rehabilitation of injured United States veterans. I remember sitting in the hospital room with my ailing father, Bob, himself a veteran, when I had the idea. Truly, I had nothing to lose by asking, so sitting there in that hospital room I wrote an email to David Rosencrans at Gratz Industries to explain my idea: together, in cooperation with Island Dolphin Care, we can offer injured U.S veterans the benefits of Pilates.
At Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Florida, veterans and children with special needs from all around the world come to rehabilitate by swimming with the dolphins in therapeutic sessions. The founders of IDC have a son, Joe, a Pilates client of mine who was on the surgical table as an infant for a heart defect when he had a stroke. It affected his left side in both development and strength. There were also issues regarding his short term memory after the stroke. Joe’s parents worked tirelessly to rehabilitate Joe, and Deena, his mother, a social worker by trade, saw the amazing progress Joe made with dolphin therapy. That convinced her to create Island Dolphin Care. Then, seeing the awesome progress that Joe made with his work in the Pilates method over the past two years, they became believers. So, when asked to offer Pilates at IDC, they were immediately supportive and excited. Gratz Industries also replied quickly and optimistically to my request by immediately shipping a Pilates conversion table to Island Dolphin Care.
Written by Yung Ok Yoo
The complete (Advance) reformer repertoire (excluding the archival, super advance and variations) has about 56 exercises — with the goal of a 45 minute workout. Having said this, at times in between clients when pressed for time and energy, I often default to a modified routine that embodies Pilates’ modus operandi of Strength, Control and Flexibility.
As teachers, outside of teaching we sometimes forget about our own body maintenance. I can’t stress enough the importance of staying strong and focused in Mind and body. To be energised and fit is pivotal to one’s own understanding to teach and assist others in their strength building.
It is important to stay focused while teaching and the best way is to stay strong in Mind, Body and Spirit!
This workout is for strong Advanced level instructors that are familiar with the traditional method — Romana’s Pilates Method & Classical (USA) Pilates. It is absolutely not suitable for people who are at beginner or intermediate level.
Written by Elaine Ewing
When I start a pilates workout on my Gratz equipment, I take a moment to settle into place before I start to move. And in that moment, my body and the shape of the equipment become one entity, two halves molding together to become one whole. Because, that’s what the apparatus is designed to do. From the shape of the shoulder blocks on the reformer to the curved edge of the Wunda Chair - each part of every piece of equipment is designed to hug the shapes of the body throughout all the exercises. And this is the genius of the equipment design. Always there, offering me answers throughout my practice.
Flying Eagle On The Cadillac | Something Moves By Elaine Ewing
Like the in and out of the springs, my mind and body begin to move together and the carriage follows. No parts or pieces are in control of the other. All elements work together to create the effortless power of doing pilates. It’s a song we’ve heard a million times, but at the same time, leaves room for improvisation. A balance of push and pull, control and stretch, inhaling and exhaling, knowing and not knowing. The springs keeping rhythm while a trio of mind, body, and equipment tests the limits to keep in balance together.
Written by Andrea Maida
It’s been said that Joe’s Cadillac apparatus received its name from a mid-century General Motors’ Cadillac advertisement which declared the car to be “the best of its kind.”
Would vintage Cadillac adverts help me to locate the specific ad?
Could this story be true?
Well, the roots of the Cadillac name may need to be relegated to the category of “more myths about Joe Pilates and his apparatus.”
Oh, but vintage Cadillac ads would please Joe Pilates GREATLY. They kinda sound like him.
The Cadillac ads of the 40s and 50s share the same emphatic tone we find in JP’s manifesto, Return to Life.
Written by Andrea Maida
In celebration of March MATness 2016 Andrea Maida was happy to share with us her 10 part video series on how to tighten up your transitions between Mat exercises. Working steadily and at a brisk pace, these effective transitions on the mat will allow you to finish all 38 exercises in about 25 minutes. If this series of exercises is still quite a challenge and you are not in the custom of doing them all in rapid succession, please take care of yourselves.
Written by Yung Ok Yoo
It has been 3 years since True Pilates Sydney opened its studio doors in Surry Hills, Sydney. To celebrated this milestone, we created the event idea of EAT. DRINK. PILATES. It was a night to honour and acknowledge the many thanks we owe to our clients, friends and the Pilates community for their continued support and dedication.
The night was a melting pot of different people — all of which came with a common Spirit of Pilates. Clients came (minus active wear) in their dedication to Pilates. Friends of the studio came with curiosity and the Pilates community of the Romana’s Pilates came in full force to show their support.
The title of the event EAT. DRINK. PILATES couldn't have been more accurate. We ate, we drank and then we… (well — Cole Mccallion and I) did Pilates as a demonstration.
Also — thank you to Master trainer Cynthia Lochard who participated in our demonstration. Cynthia has been there from the very start of my Pilates journey and still remains my powerhouse of encouragement and guidance to this day.
Thank you again to all of the clients that have been part of True Pilates Sydney’s journey. We are very fortunate and proud to be in such fabulous company. We look forward to seeing you at EAT. DRINK. PILATES 2017!
Written by Kerry De Vivo
On April 1st, Kerry De Vivo, of Excel Pilates Annapolis, presented the Reality Pilates continuing education workshops, “I Wasnʼt Expecting That” and “Are They Getting It?”. The event was attended by Pilates teachers from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
Highlights from the “I Wasn’t Expected That” workshop included approaching teaching in a similar fashion to defensive driving. Anticipating common errors or safety issues allows teachers to veer away from the unexpected, thereby keeping sessions safe and rewarding for the client.
One physical issue addressed was applying practical ways to help clients engage their gluteal muscles. This is often a forgotten and/or challenging part of the Pilates powerhouse to access. With use of these muscles, clients will approach exercises with good form and thereby be successful in reaching the exercise goals. We also visited several exercises on multiple pieces of apparatus to demonstrate ways to deepen and activate the gluteal muscles.