THE PILATES METHOD | OUR STORY
My story started some 20 years ago I took a lesson in New York not even knowing what pilates was but fell in love immediately. I researched pilates and began my journey with STOTT pilates after years as a full comprehensively trained instructor working full time, managing a studio, teaching over 30 hours per week and mentoring and inspiring others to become instructors, I longed for A deeper understanding of the work. I recall while in training we were to follow the order and given a few transitions but why? Why was it becoming watered down? What was the METHOD? I started fresh, taking lessons with classically trained instructors. The real work came as I transitioned to classical and becoming a teacher trainer through Peak Pilates. My classical mentor was Sonje Mayo. An amazing woman! A physical therapist, dancer, choreographer and business owner. Her experience working with Joseph Pilates late in his years and Romana brings invaluable history and her credentials make the work accessible. Sonje came to Peak Pilates through Clare Dumphy one of Peak’s creators, who began Peak Pilates through the classical work of Romana Kryzanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates. While it is well known that Romana trained in New York, lived in Peru I am a Michigander! I am thrilled that Romana has ties to Michigan! She was born in Farmington which is where I lived as I began my own pilates career. Also, the famous Mari Windsor was born and raised in Michigan. My career is so satisfying as I continue to study the work through conferences, workshops, lessons and studying from the fantastic instructors in the classical pilates world.
WHAT IS PILATES?
The pilates method, originally called Contrology, was created by Joseph Pilates. Joe was creative and inventive! He realized his mat work using body weight exercises were hard. He could see ahead to build equipment based on spring resistance to add assistance and resistance to build a strong ( center / core ) workout to stretch and strengthen the body simultaneously. It is a unique system of specified exercises on mat and equipment that when done correctly yield incredible results. Joseph Pilates perfected this method over several decades and invented numerous pieces of apparatus to help people understand the work and to target specific weaknesses in the body.
As a form of corrective exercise, the body can strengthen and repair itself through movement. People who suffer from pain often get relief as discomfort often stems from imbalances and stress. Change happens through movement and movement heals. While many physical therapist use Pilates, is not physical therapy and clients with health issue or chronic pain need to consult their physician first.
WHY THE NAME
Why the name PILATES METHOD? The very definition of the word METHOD combined with PILATES is a perfect way to understand why PILATES works! It is not meant to be chopped up into parts. An instructor of the work of pilates should know the foundation of the method. While so many instructors think they are creative in changing the order of the exercises or simply bored or they “make up” exercises from pilates to make it their own or invent new ones on the reformer or change the reformer to capture the revenue of trends, THE PILATES METHOD works because it is time tested and delivers results!
1. a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.”this quest for better training has led many dancers to Pilates”
1960s: named after German physical fitness specialist Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), who devised the system.
noun: method; plural noun: methods
1. a particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one.”a method for software maintenance”