Get-Out-of-Your-Mind and Watch-How-Your-Body-Moves
We can believe you if you say you do not want to, but we cannot believe you if you say you cannot, because the intelligence that made you never programmed you to fail. CSRM
“Bodyhood” is a state of being and not yet another style of pilates. It means the quality of being-in-your-body; and this quality means silence and lightness, or in other words, meditation and elevation. It describes the state of presence felt deeply within your body, which comes with self-awareness, self-knowledge, and self-empowerment.
So, in our Logo, “Bodyhood” is placed in front of “Pilates” to make “Bodyhood© Pilates”; meaning the state of being that you need, to be able to use “Power without Force” in your pilates training.
Power and Force – New Paradigms
Power we define as "power without force" or “power to do”, which has to do with integration and organisation; seeking balance and harmony. Force, on the other hand, we define as "power with force" or “power over”. "Power over" has to do with separation or fragmentation; seeking control and domination. However, at the Bodyhood Studio you will learn "power without force"; power that is governed by harmony and functionality.
What do we mean by power without force?
Isn`t force and power the same thing?
How can there be a “power without force” then?
Indeed, these two terms often appear as synonyms of each other, and even though they are sometimes used to describe the same thing, there is a decisive difference between them. In our context - as the verb “to force” implies - Force is suppressive in nature. It suppresses the ability of the body to recognize its own limit; to know when enough is enough. On the other hand, power without force (or for short “Power”) means the ability to carry out an action with a minimum of resistance.
Modern science defines four kinds of forces that produce motion: (1) gravity (2) electromagnetism (3) strong force (4) and weak force. Now if we add Power as a 5th source of motion, we can best describe it by the ways it differs from Force.
It is Power that makes us move effortlessly
and Force that makes us move strenuously.
It is the Power of paying attention to the “how”
as opposed to the Force of paying attention to the “what”.
It is the Power of being conscious of the means
in contrast to the Force of blindly following the end.
Everything in the universe is in motion and the human body is no exception. Actually, the body is built for movement, and if it does not move, its substance - muscles, tissue, bones, fascia and cells - will rapidly deteriorate. In the end, it certainly is the “how”, the coherent use of self in the act of doing, and not the “what” that defines how well it will function.
The Path of Least Resistance
What happens when one carries out a movement with and without a force-ful component?
If, for instance, the action, you carry out, is directed by Force, you will get an inharmonious opposition in the rest of your body; namely, in that part of your body that is not actively involved in the movement; which leads to a state of collapse - a non-functional state. In other words, if you perform an exercise with Force you promote a state of suppression, which leads to a reaction within your body. It does not lead to a desired response. And, unfortunately, this means: No space for awareness. So, Force is an action that produces an unnecessary amount of tenseness within the body, which besides, is out of proportion to the work produced; and even worse, does not help the movement to achieve its full potential.
On the other hand, if the action is governed by power without a force-ful component no inharmonious opposition arises. What arises ... is a natural response in the muscles not being used. And this is neither a reaction, nor a collapse; but a release. So, Power focuses on removing any inharmonious opposition to the action performed, before applying the efforts of the will to accomplish the required action; and all that without jeopardizing the integrity of the body as a whole.
Exercising to Integrate Body & Mind
J.H. Pilates' on fitness - “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
If we accept his definition of fitness as the philosophical foundation of his method, we can safely deduce that it is not possible to achieve this state of fitness without a unity of body, mind and spirit. This means that the Pilates method's objective has to be: to achieve this unity and integration of body, mind and spirit - a balance in what we feel, what we want and what we are, a balance in the physical, mental and emotional centre.
Pilates: An Idea Brought to Life
Bodyhood Pilates proposes the idea behind the Pilates method to be:
A uniform eccentric loading flowing through progressive patterns of movement.
The objective of the Pilates method:
The attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure. J. H. Pilates
The vehicle to this objective:
“Well-designed exercises, properly performed, in a balanced sequence” (Friedman/Eisen).
The principle for achieving this objective:
Eccentricity (movement out of the core) starting from a state of release. Eccentricity challenges the ability of the two core centres (the deep muscle corset system and shoulder girdle stabilizers) to gain and maintain control of the body as an integrated whole through a progressive movement pattern of flexion, extension, rotation and torsion.
The Functionality of Power without Force
“Power without Force” is a functional, and not a metaphysical or mystical concept. It describes the ability to
- initiate movement from the core; starting from a state of release, and to
- carry out an action with a minimum of resistance.
It is an integrative, unified and uniformed controlled action that uses a minimum expenditure of energy to produce a maximum amount of work.
In the Moment Awareness - The Key to Movement
Practicing Bodyhood Pilates you will also learn how to reduce the neurophysiological mind-body-gap by cultivating movement integrity. By employing techniques like the “ABC principle” - an integrative device to break down disassociation - we help you to reach this state of "in the moment awareness", which will help you to move with integrity. The outcome then is a healthy, lean, strong and flexible body combined with a watchful, creative and focused mind.
My approach to the pilates method places the emphasis on the learning, and not on the teaching. CSRM
Emphasizing the Person
The Bodyhood approach is anthropocentric, meaning that its emphasis is placed on the person and not on the exercise. It is the person who has an independent existence and can therefore change him- or herself independently, whereas the exercise cannot. Therefore, to place the emphasis on the exercise instead of the person is obviously not a practical thing to do. Nevertheless, the pilates exercises do possess endless numbers of aspects, which can be examined; but in the end it is the person´s ability to perceive things simultaneously from different points of views, which actually encourages development.
The Way Matters
As you can hopefully see clearly now, it is not what we do but how we do what we do that gives us the possibility of attaining the sound mind within a uniformly developed body that Joseph H. Pilates spoke of.
The Bodyhood Pilates Approach Synthesis
From the pond into the stream, from the stream into the lake.
From the lake into the river, from the river into the sea
and from the sea into the ocean.
What is discovered in the pond is carried into the stream.
What is discovered in the stream is carried into the lake.
What is discovered in the lake is carried into the river.
What is discovered in the river is carried into the sea
and what is discovered in the sea is carried into the ocean.
The ocean is the only place one needs to go to because
it is the only place that contains all
that is, all that have been and all that will be.