Yes they’re all animals.
But they are also exercises from the Pilates Repertoire!
Joseph Pilates, the guy who created Pilates before it was Pilates, was SO ahead of his time. Without the benefit of technology or the world wide web, he developed a whole system of movement. He took inspiration from modalities such as Zen Buddhism, the ancient Greeks, martial arts and, of course, the study of animals.
He says in his book ‘Return To Life’, that “true rhythm and control is observed both in domestic pets and wild animals – without exception.”
The beauty of animal movement is something that every one of us has surely admired in some way at some point. Whether it is the gait of a dog chasing a truck, the rhythm of a dolphin speeding through the water, or the precision of a bird flying through the sky, marveling in the movements of animals is not new to us. However, being open to the notion that we are animals too, and imagining that we can move with the very same agility, precision, and stealth of our graceful animal friends is an interesting way to explore movement.
There is indeed something majestic and graceful about watching animals flow and move through their natural habitats. The sense of confidence and ease they embody when they move their bodies is a beautiful thing. And it’s that beauty that Joseph Pilates wanted to bring back to the human experience of movement. He did say: “Your body will be as supple as a cat’s.”
The problem is, over time, we as humans (as opposed to our animal friends) have struggled more and more to move with ease, flow, and strength.
Civilization, that’s what.
I’m not saying the civilized world is bad. But with every step forward, something has to be sacrificed. Take cell phones, for example. Such an AMAZING invention! But as a result of this invention, we hunch over more, we move our bodies less, we call a colleague instead of walk to their desk, our posture suffers, and our brains suffer as we try to multitask. We start to lose some of our body’s natural alignment, we lose flexibility, we lose functionality of our joints…we get stiffer, more stressed out, and sicker.
Pilates. Pilates brings our body BACK into its natural movement patterns. It helps us remember how we used to move– as babies, as animals, as nature intended. And it does so for every body. Whether you’ve worked out for years or not at all, whether you’re pregnant or post menopausal, male or female, young or old, Pilates caters to you.
So when you’re ready to move with more agility and ease, give us a call to get started. We can’t wait to meet you.