• CATALYST and the need to change

    Posted on December 5, 2017 by in Thoughts from the floor

    CATALYST

    NOUN
    1.1 A person or thing that precipitates an event.

    ‘It is amazing what acts as a catalyst to spur people on to do something about a situation.’

    What drives someone to a Pilates class? Increasingly I’m seeing people coming along as a “last resort” after having exhausted GP’s, Physio, Osteopath treatment and at some point, one or all of the professionals have said “you should try Pilates” as if it is the final solution and can magically fix what they have not been able to.

    Now, I’m not intending to be cynical about my client’s motivation, but I do wish we were the first port of call rather than an afterthought, but, however someone ends up in my class I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with them and be of whatever help I can.

    Joseph Pilates didn’t just devise a new way of exercising, he also placed much store by the rationale he gave for his method – “Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.”

    Joseph Pilates believed that although we start life in good physical and emotional shape, modern life has a way of eroding our health.

    It is vital, he believed, that we address questions of posture and breathing in order to halt – and even reverse – that decline. This is not something that will happen quickly. In this instant gratification world, Pilates, like a good book, cannot be rushed through and expect to get the full benefit.

    “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.”

    Patience is required – remember, whatever your catalyst has been, it has probably taken years of wear and tear for your body to need intervention and it may take a while before change is really noticeable, but like that good  book, it is worth taking the time to do it justice.

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