I am always very surprised when I visit the newly opened Pilates studio, which has the latest equipment in the world, but there is not a single spinal corrector. Once I was even invited to conduct a class on a spinal corrector, and when I entered the hall, it turned out that I would use Bosu or FitBall as a corrector. Of course, each equipment has its own purpose, but none can replace the corrector. Joseph Pilates created not only equipment, also known today as a small barrel or a barrel with a step, but also a set of special exercises for it. The archive contains drawings of this undoubtedly brilliant invention, as well as photos in which J. Pilates performs exercises on the corrector, and all this in 1945. Continue reading
The last few years I had to spend a lot of time on airplanes, quite often flights were long (8-10 hours) and at first I carried them quite hard. And this is considering my good health, relatively young age and high level of physical activity. While traveling, I watched people and myself, and as a result I developed a not complicated “survival” strategy in a long journey.
We begin by considering the basic tests that the body undergoes during the journey, turn them into Pilates exercises and hone the skill of conscious stay in the body.
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If someone tried to explain to me what I should expect from my first meeting with Mary Bowen, I would never have believed it. So it is, and to this day, it is something like a journey through its own back streets.
I first met Mary at her Workshop in Zurich on how to “free the spine” and “Pilates plus Psycho”. Her unusual way of showing respect for the needs of the body, by releasing all its parts along its entire length, was directly related to me. From the very first meeting, I saw how much we need to allow ourselves to RELEASE so that the Pilates technique begins to work miracles. In just a few minutes, Mary changed people’s postures with the right, in a word, the right touch or just the right intention. How she succeeded was a real mystery for me, and it became interesting for me to learn more about all this!
A year later, from the first meeting with Mary, my friend, Katya Smirnova, invited me to share my experience – to work together for three days under the guidance of Mary Bowen at her home in Northampton, USA. Then my Pilates got involved in something that I would not believe existed. Continue reading