Pilates is about educating your muscles to enable your spine to move in every direction and position it was designed to (which is more than the position we put it in sitting at our desks, or on airplanes...) Pilates begins and end with the relationship between the spine and abdominal muscles. The spine is the source of any - not all, but, yes: any - of the body's movement and stability. Of course, however, those bones of the spine do not move, or not move, themselves.
The connection of the abdominals is both the body's offense and defense to creating balance and symmetry to the rest of the body. The better the spine and the abdominals can connect with each other, the better the hips connect with the legs, the better the ribs connect with the shoulders & arms, and so on. Regardless of the target of the exercise, the whole body does the whole exercise. All this said, as a Practice Pilates is many things. For one person, it's a workout. For another, it's rehabilitative, therapeutic. For another, it's stress relief, rejuvenation. But Pilates IS for every person.
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My pedagogy is one that approaches Pilates first and foremost as a Practice - with a capital "P". It is a Practice because one never just does Pilates, one is always practicing Pilates. My teaching pedgogy emphsizes the values of precision, purpose, intention, and integrity. It is on-going, continuous, and progressive. Each time you resume your practice, it is not to merely repeat what you did the previous time, but to further develop its depth, breadth, and clarity.
I have been teaching Pilates since 1998, fully-certified in the Stott and Pilates Academy International (PAI) systems of Pilates. I have been a teacher-trainer for PAI since they launched their instructor-certification program in 2006. My credentials include: Barnard College of Columbia University, Equinox Fitness Clubs |NYC & Chicago, (the former) Reebok Sports Club/NY (recently acquired by Equinox), Pilates on Fifth |NYC, Kinected |NYC, Harmony Mind*Body*Fitness |Chicago, Stretch Pilates |Buffalo, among others.