In London I got to teach
for Body Control Pilates Limited http://www.bodycontrol.co.uk
at the David Lloyd Studio near South Ken, and do three workshop sessions at
their Professional Development Weekend.
There were four of these
mats that took up about 12 feet by 20 feet of space.
I learned to never assume anything, and when
an exercise starts getting out of range to shut down and start over.
I learned how much you can teach core stability,
and when it's taught well, what a good foundation it can be.
I learned that major equipment manufacturers
throw money at any organization that promises equipment sales. I learned that
equipment manufacturers, in their rush to cash in on the Pilates craze, are
gearing up to flood the world with cheap equipment made in China that they can
push into every exercise and fitness club in the world, and press the Pilates
teaching industry into bulk en-mass reformer classes.
I learned that equipment manufacturers “sponsor”
(which means throws money at) any organization that promises more equipment
sales, even if the organization seeks to “own”, “control”, “dominate”, and
“keep American” the Pilates community. and then goes elsewhere in the world and
claims everyone is now on a level playing field.
I learned that the basis for any organization
is to use fear to get allegiance, to claim aristocracy for the grabbing of
power and prestige.
I learned that nobody wants to know any more
about Pilates than what suits them for their purposes.
I learned that pictures and videos will
never reveal Pilates like words, because Pilates is an idea, and ideas are best
explored in the word.
I learned a lot about anatomy by visiting the
Body World exhibit in London.I highly
recommend it for anyone interested and able to look under the skin.http://www.koerperwelten.com/
learned from Miranda Bass who says, “I did some research into the illiotibial
band or tract. That white, long, triangular sheath of fascia down the leg
of that ex-guy at the exhibition. This is the gist of ifs function and why
it is released after the side lying mat exercises. It originates from the Tensor fascia lata and, partially
from glut. max. These two muscles control it's laxity and the other muscles
in the front and back of the thigh connect into it. It inserts into the lateral
side of the tibia and also helps to stabilize the knee joint. As tensor fascia lata works hard with Side kick 1 and
any of the abduction exercises, turning prone and turning out and working
glut, max. will help draw the sheath back on the thigh after the strong
pull forward, or medially. by tensor fascia lata.
Notes from London Body Control
Professional Development Weekend
221 in attendance
a history lesson through the eyes of the trademark
it seemed to me he was parrying criticism of
the length of his reformers by citing evidence that since 1910 to 1985 humans
are averaging 4 inches taller.
He stated that because eyebolts are the
weakest link his safety strap is the “only way” to be safe
“Respect nature, that’s the thing.”
Put something into it.
I learned that Joe used to swagger around
the studio and in a thick German accent say, “Put something into it.”A classical pianist that worked in Joe's
studio for many years says of Joe, “He was a survivor, made of steel in his
heart, steel in his body, steel in his very being.” And unsolicited, he told
the story about going to someone and threatening them with a gun if they
continued to teach his method. “He stood there for a few moments, and then he
left.” He said Clara, at best, was a second lieutenant, more like an early
airline stewardess. There weren't other teachers, just facilitators who helped
others do things that they might not be familiar with.
Clara Second Leut.
Swiss trademark canceled
One studio has turned
Pilates into their very own acronym