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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Body & Mind, Pilates | 0 comments

Pilates and Mental Health – Following Weeks

Pilates and Mental Health – Following Weeks

Posture is the key

It’s been a few weeks on since I last wrote about my experiences in delivering a Pilates class for a group of male addicts. The numbers have dropped because some of the previous residents have moved on most only stay between three to nine months.

I’ve learnt a lot more about their lifestyles and realised in myself that it’s hard to not let other people’s misfortunate or poor choices sadden you. Not in a pitying way, just in a way that makes you sad in your heart. I often arrive early to class and so spend some time talking with the men living there. Some are high, some are not but nearly all of them state that this way of life ‘is not me’. Several of them have lived out short prison sentences for theft or violence and often come from broken homes where a father figure was absent.

However, my role is not to be a counsellor, it’s to get them in tune with their body and this they do extremely well. One of the keys to addiction is the release of dopamine. If, as an instructor we can get them creating enough dopamine, along with other feel good endorphins such as serotonin, eventually these young men will have no need, or desire to synthetically produce them through drug abuse.

I was signposted to an interesting TED talk this week and it helped me in planning the next few sessions coming up our posture can possibly affect our hormones according to Amy Cuddy. So, I will continue to strengthen to back and I will continue to improve balance in the hope that this may give way to a positive hormone release!

Reference TED Talk

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in J Pilates | 0 comments

Extracts from A Pilates Primer: The Combo Millennium Edition by J Pilates and J Robbins

Extracts from A Pilates Primer: The Combo Millennium Edition by J Pilates and J Robbins

“That our chairs, benches, settees, sofas, couches and beds seemingly are designed for every other purpose than that of rest, relaxation or sleep – they are in reality the primary cause of our acquiring wrong and harmful postural habits, too numerous for mention here.”

PERFECT Balance of Body and Mind, is that quality in civilised man, which not only gives him superiority over the savage and animal kingdom, but furnishes him with all the physical and mental powers that ate indispensable for attaining the goal of Mankind – HEALTH and HAPPINESS.”

DAILY, from sunrise to sunset, the radio, newspapers and magazines broadcast to the world how to maintain health, how to regain health – what to eat, what to drink, and even about what to think.”

“The mistreated body, mindful of its past neglect, eventually exacts its repayment in full with interest in the form of leaving businessmen their fortunes to contemplate, but denying them the benefits and enjoyments that accrue to other men of wealth blessed with normal health.  The bitter lesson has been learned – but too late!”

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