Does the world really need another Pilates book? I think yes, as long as it is something different and unique!
My Pilates Mentor will be the Pilates Book that I hope you have always been waiting for. It will contain the opinions of thousands of Pilates Teachers from all over the world, all asked the same set of questions, so you can get the best possible advice in the shortest possible time. My Pilates Mentor will include the opinions from teachers of all the different Schools of Pilates. After all, we all love Pilates and we want to share our experiences.
For over two years, I have been planning and working on this project, My Pilates Mentor. First things first, it is important to me that you know that I am not writing this book because I think I am better than you. In fact, I am writing it because I know I am not. I know that there are thousands of amazing ideas out there that I will never think of, and I decided that it was time to ask the family of Pilates teachers to come together to create a book that will serve as not only a great reference book for teachers and all lovers of Pilates, but it will also make them smile and realise that the wonderful Pilates community is like no other.
Any book takes a lot of time, sweat and tears to produce. You don’t write books to make money; there are much easier ways that take a lot less time and sleepless nights. This is more a labour of love, so I hope that you feel that on every page. And please remember that 50% of any profits from this book will go to the Pilates Carnival Charity Partners and to Save the Children.
I have been planning and working on this project for more than two years, and I am still in the process of receiving information from Pilates teachers, so if you are a teacher and you want to be included in this amazing project, then please CLICK HERE.
What this book aims to be:
• A resource for Pilates teachers and all people who love Pilates to quickly understand the opinions of thousands of Pilates teachers and to gain their years of experience on a number of topics in a few hours of reading.
• An interesting and fun expose on the world of Pilates teaching.
• Focused on both mat and machine Pilates to make sure that we can appeal to everyone who loves Pilates as much as we do.
Just to be clear as to what this book is not:
• It is not an anatomical guide – there are already many wonderful books dedicated to the anatomy of Pilates.
• It is not judging one of the many Pilates schools over another, so there will be no mention of any schools in this book other than under each teacher’s qualification details if they chose to have their name mentioned.
• It is not a technical guide as to how to do exercises, again there are plenty of those about.
So why might you decide to join this community project by contributing?
• You will be contributing to the Pilates community. • You will be helping to introduce people to Pilates. • You will be raising the profile of Pilates • If I use one of your answers or a quote from you in the book (I will always seek your permission first), then I will give you a name credit within the book. • At the end of the book, there will also be a list of all of the contributors who want their details published. • You will be helping to create a geographic study of different trends and opinions. • I will pay 50 percent of any profits to Pilates Carnival Charity Partners and to www.savethechildren.org.
My Pilates Mentor was and remains a massive task, but as soon as it is finished you can be the first to know be registering your interest. You can register your interest now and be one of the first people to get the e-book by contacting us.
Thank you for all your support! As ever, if you want to contact me then please leave a comment and I promise to reply.
A controversial title, but please let me explain the background behind Pilates is Christian whilst yoga is not?
It was any easy decision for the topic of my blog this week having read on the website of a UK newspaper the story that a church has banned yoga from its premises because it’s “non-Christian”, but it was still allowing Pilates, which presumably is Christian?
First of all, as with every news story nowadays, I checked to make sure it wasn’t “fake news” and it turns out that it wasn’t. The Church bosses said that Pilates is OK, but not yoga, which “might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief”.
This got me thinking…. I have no intention of entering any religious debate, and while the local villagers say they will boycott St David’s Church, in Ceredigion, Wales, in protest, I was thinking more about values and beliefs. I have read thousands of times that one of the differences between Pilates and yoga is that yoga is more spiritual. In my experience, I think that the majority of Pilates teachers I have met would agree. Would you? I do not think it is so clear cut and here is why.
In the words of one Joseph Pilates; “Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities”.
So Pilates should be coordination of body, mind and spirit? Spirit? A small minority of people have criticised me for including mindfulness and spirituality in PilatesEVO saying that it isn’t “real” Pilates and one esteemed teacher once said to me that I was distorting the true Pilates method. Once again, forgive me but I beg to differ. I have seen hundreds of Pilates training sessions from many different schools and I have never seen any teacher training course and very few Pilates manuals mention anything other than the physical performance of the exercises. So who is the once distorting true Pilates, whatever “true” Pilates means?
I was inspired to create PilatesEVO and to include ideas such as mindfulness meditation, NLP and meridians by the idea of total wellness that Joseph Pilates talked about. It is impossible to have total wellness if we ignore the mind and spirit. My aim as a Pilates teacher is to try to help my clients help themselves to achieve their maximum potential. If we only think in terms of the physical, I think that then we are failing our clients.
My interpretation of what JP meant might not be your interpretation, and I appreciate that many people will never change from their idea as to what Pilates should be, and those people are probably scoffing right now as they read this blog (if they didn’t already stop reading at the first mention of spirit). But I am experiencing a growing number of open minded teachers who want to explore the idea of total wellness and go beyond the traditional beliefs as to what Pilates should or shouldn’t be.
I respect everyone’s opinion as to what constitutes Pilates because ultimately we all love Pilates and we are trying to help our clients to improve their quality of life. All I ask is that people repay the compliment and consider something different. After all, if you truly believe in what Joseph Pilates was trying to achieve, then you must believe that Pilates is “coordination of body, mind and spirit” mustn’t you?
No matter what your religion or Pilates background, if you are interested in learning more about PilatesEVO and how we apply principles including mindfulness meditation, NLP and meridians to the teaching of Pilates, then please click here to be taken to the PilatesEVO School website. You can also email the PilatesEVO School in Barcelona on firstname.lastname@example.org. PilatesEVO is not only a standalone system of flowing sequences; the main principles can be used in the teaching of any Pilates or fitness class. You can study PilatesEVO online and learn how to add spirit to your Pilates teaching.
The PilatesEVO Online School gives access to everyone who wants to study with us. We offer online courses that can be studied where and when you choose.
PilatesEVO NLP The connection between PilatesEVO and NLP is a very important part of the PilatesEVO system.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. There is a connection between the neurological processes, language, and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience and can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.
NLP was created by Richard Bandler, a mathematics student, and John Grinder, a linguistics professor at the University of California in 1972. Since then other people have added their own techniques and ideas, and NLP has grown globally, but PilatesEVO is the first Pilates system that uses NLP as the foundation for learning and teaching.
The name NLP is quite self-explanatory:
Neuro or neurology is to do with the study of the nervous system and of the mind. It’s all about how we think and also about our physiology.
Linguistics is all about the study of language and how we use it and its effects on us and others.
Programming is about the sequence of actions that we take and the order we take them. Why we do and think the way we do, and how we get ourselves out of bed and motivated to do the things we want to do.
There are 7 main reasons why we use NLP in PilatesEVO:
1) It will make you/your client understand Pilates movements more easily
2) It will give you/your client more enjoyment in classes
3) It will enable you/your client to get more benefit from Pilates classes
4) It will enable you to become the best communicator that you can, and deliver information more effectively
5) It will enable you to understand your and your client’s needs and requirements
6) It will enable teachers to engage with all their clients including groups
7) It will help you in your everyday life to understand yourself and achieve the things you want to achieve.
A really important aspect of PilatesEVO’s use of NLP are representational systems. This is a simple thing to determine but is incredibly powerful and will help you understand yourself and your clients if you are a teacher. This is priceless because it will enable you to become a better communicator with everyone in your life, including yourself.
We believe that meditation should not be accepted a being a spiritual belief, but it also requires hard scientific evidence. We teach that the best way to live our lives is to be in the present moment, and not being lost in thought about the past, or worrying about the future, not being distracted or overwhelmed by difficult emotions. Instead learning how to be in the here and now, how to be mindful and how to be in the present. It sounds so ordinary and easy, but the truth is that it is anything but ordinary.
A few years ago a research paper from Harvard concluded that our minds are lost in thought almost 47% of the time. This constant mind wondering is also one of the main causes of unhappiness. Our lives are short, so to spend almost half of our life lost in thought and potentially unhappy is tragic, especially when there is something we can all do about. There is a positive, practical and scientifically proven technique which allows our mind to be healthier and less distracted. Even better news is that this need only take only 10 minutes a day and it is free! It can have a massive impact on our whole life.
Most people assume meditation is about controlling the mind, but this is not the case. It is about stepping back and seeing the thought and emotions clearly, witnessing them coming and going with a relaxed focused mind.
But we need to know how to do it. Mindfulness meditation is essentially familiarising ourselves with the present moment. So how can we approach it in the right way to best the best out of it?
So what is meditation?
One definition is:
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
The definition that PilatesEVO teach is that meditation is making the gaps in-between our thoughts longer.
In his book A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle says that the space between thoughts probably arise sporadically. Why we have not been aware about these spaces is because our consciousness had been so mesmerized by experienced and conditioned to identify with form that it does not become aware of inner space. You may be tempted to look for the Gap. However, you will not be able to seek for space; it just arises.
“Discover inner space by creating gaps in the stream of thinking. Without those gaps, your thinking becomes repetitive, uninspired, devoid of any creative spark, which is how it still is for most people on the planet.”
Eckhart Tolle suggests breath meditation to help bring space into our lives. When we become conscious of our own breath, we are absolutely present. Conscious breathing stops the process of thinking. But we are not asleep in this state. We are fully awake. Meditation offers the arising of space consciousness.
In Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, he talks about the Gap under the Law of Intention and Desire. Deepak shared that intention has an infinite organizing power. “Intention lays the groundwork for the effortless, spontaneous, frictionless flow of pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest.”
He then went on to outline the steps for manifesting our desires and getting them fulfilled in 5 steps. Here is the exact excerpt, making up the steps for 1 & 2:
(1) Slip into the gap. This means to centre yourself in that silent space between thoughts, to go into the silence – that level of Being which is your essential state.
(2) Establish in that state of Being, release your intentions and desires.
When you are actually in the gap, there’s no thought, there’s no intention, but as you come out of the gap at the junction between the gap and a thought, you introduce intention. If you have a series of goals, you can write them down and have your intention focused on them before you go into the gap. If you want a successful career, for example, you go into the gap with that intention, and the intention will already be there as a faint flicker in your awareness. Releasing your intentions and desires in the gap means planting them in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and expecting them to bloom when the season is right. You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see if they are growing, or get rigidly attached to the way in which they unfold. You simply want to release them.
We hope that Meditation Explained has given you a basic understanding about meditation, so that now you want to learn more. Now CLICK HERE to learn more.
As part of our commitment to the Pilates Carnival Foundation, we also offer some sponsored educations. Pilates Carnival was created to raise money for charity and give access to training to more Pilates teachers who may not be able to afford the usual cost. There are Pilates Carnival conventions all over the world where all profits go to a local children’s charity. No presenters or organisers make any money, and the cost for attending a weekend event with a full schedule of classes from international presenters is typically around 50€ to 100€. If you want to apply for a sponsored education, then please email us at pilatesEVOschool@pilatesevo.com. You will need to provide a covering presentation as to why you should be considered for sponsorship.
For more information on how to study PilatesEVO online and all our PilatesEVO online school courses, please click on the PilatesEVO School web page.
Every journey starts with an intention, and the first step. You are about to take your first step on the journey to become part of the PilatesEVO family.
It always pleases me to see Pilates making the front pages of the newspapers. So this morning when my copy of The Times was delivered I was very happy to see the headline ”Pilates not painkillers best cure for backache”.
The article began by saying that taking drugs for back pain is largely pointless, following an overview of research.
The study was led by Manuela Ferriera of the George Institute in Sydney. Her team analysed 35 trials involving 6,000 patients using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for back pain and sciatica. Only one in six patients treated with the drugs received any pain relief that they would not have got from a placebo. But that relief was so small that it made no difference to their lives. However, the drugs almost doubled the risk of problems such as bleeding and stomach ulcers.
Dr Ferreira stated that “back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs. Our results show that these drugs only provide very limited short-term pain relief. They do reduce the level of pain but only very slightly and arguable not of any clinical significance. When you factor in the side-effects which are common, it becomes clear that these drugs are not the answer to providing pain relief to the many millions who suffer from this debilitating condition every year.”
Pilates not painkillers best cure for backache Gustavo Machado, another of the researchers said “Patients with back pain should consider an exercise program to help them manage their condition. For example aerobic exercises, strengthening/stretching exercises, Pilates and core-stability exercises.”
Of course, all us Pilates people are reading this having known the truth for many years having dealt with thousands of clients. But it’s always nice to see it reported in the mainstream press, especially the quality press.
I have written before about similar topics before, and I think it’s important to stress again that the best remedy for a back condition and many other issues is not, as the report says, only one thing. Even doing Pilates alone, whilst it will without doubt improve the condition, is not the best way to get the maximum results for your clients. We must deal with any problem in a holistic way. I agree with the article that this must include Pilates/core-stability exercises and also cardio, but I would add another vital element; mental health. It is totally proven that pain is as much psychological as it is physical, if not more so. So my advice is to treat back pain with appropriate and varied exercise. But also use techniques such as meditation. This is the total wellness I refer to in my PilatesEVO training courses. It is why in PilatesEVO I teach about meditation as well as NLP, meridians and functional movements.
Pilates e PNL (Programa Neurolinguístico): como se tornar um melhor instrutor de Pilates
O Programa Neurolinguístico (PNL) é uma abordagem em comunicação, desenvolvimento pessoal, e psicoterapia. Há uma conexão entre processos neurológicos, linguagem e padrões comportamentais que são aprendidos através de experiências e que podem ser organizados para se atingir metas específicas na vida. Foi criado por Richard Bandler, um estudioso matemático, e John Grinder, um professor de linguística da Universidade da Califórnia em 1972. Desde então, outras pessoas têm complementado o programa com suas próprias técnicas e idéias. PNL tem crescido mundialmente e o PilatesEVO é um sistema em que se utiliza o PNL como base para aprender e ensinar o método Pilates. Este artigo tem como objetivo mostrar ao instrutor de Pilates, que é possível utilizar essa ferramenta para melhorar as aulas e o aprendizado dos alunos, visto que, muitas vezes os alunos têm dificuldade em entender os movimentos e porquê devem realizá-los da maneira que ensinamos. Assim como também temos alunos que são mais difíceis de fidelizar em nossas aulas.
O nome PNL é quase explicado por si só:
Neuro/Neurologia é o estudo do Sistema Nervoso. Como pensamos/como funciona todos nossos processos fisiológicos.
Linguística é o estudo da linguagem e de como usá-la, bem como seu efeito em nós e em outras pessoas.
Programação é sobre a sequência das ações que tomamos e a ordem em que as tomamos. Porque fazemos e porque pensamos da maneira que pensamos, e como nos levantamos da cama e nos motivamos a fazer todas as coisas que queremos a cada dia.
Então, no PNL tentamos unir todas estas áreas em um Sistema que pode ajudar pessoas a obter uma nova perspectiva de suas vidas, fazê-las melhores na comunicação e se comportarem diferente para alcançar o melhor. Claramente, esse trabalho pode ajudar pessoas a mudar suas próprias vidas para melhor, mas, em nosso caso, nos ajudar como profissionais do Pilates a melhor muito o aspecto da comunicação com nossos alunos e como lidar com diferentes tipos de pessoas!
Incluindo PNL na aula de Pilates
Existem 7 razões principais para se utilizer o NLP no Pilates
1) Faz com que seu aluno entenda os movimentos do Pilates com maior facilidade
2) Faz com que seu aluno goste mais de suas aulas
3) Permite que seu aluno ganhe maiores benefícios de sua aulas
4) Faz com que você possa se tornar um melhor professor, passando as informações de maneira mais eficaz
5) Faz com que você entenda melhor as necessidades do seu aluno
6) Faz com que você melhore a interação entre você e seu aluno, inclusive em aulas para grupos
7) Te ajuda em sua própria vida. Entender você mesmo e alcançar seus objetivos pessoais
Todos estes pontos acima também te ajudarão a manter seus alunos e a qualidade das aulas bem como o mais esperado: o resultado, seja ele qual for!
Há muitos aspectos do PNL que eu costumo ensinar durante o curso do método criado por mim, o PilatesEVO mas, neste artigo falarei sobre os Sistemas de Representação. É apenas uma parte do PNL mas, uma parte muito importante pois nos ajuda a entender como as outras pessoas aprendem.
Todos nós já passamos pela experiência de encontrar alguém que nos identificamos ao primeiro momento ou alguém com quem não nos sentimos muito confortáveis. Isso pode acontecer no trabalho, num bar, e crucialmente durante uma sessão de exercícios. Tenho visto pessoas deixarem de frequentar aulas dizendo “eu simplesmente não consigo” ou “eu não consigo me conectar com a aula ou com o professor”. Estas pessoas geralmente não têm consciência do porquê da existência destes sentimentos, mas através deste artigo podemos imaginar como se conscientizar sobre estes motivos e saber as razões pelas quais estes sentimentos podem ocorrer. Este conhecimento é muito poderoso e pode transformar nossas aulas e tornar-nos também pessoas de sucesso.
Classificação dos Sistemas de Representação
Nós processamos informações através de quatro formas distintas: visual; auditiva; cinestésica e cognitiva. Estas são as maneiras em que representamos o mundo aravés de nossos cinco sentidos e como nós tipicamente nos comunicamos de volta com o mundo. Quando a informação alcança nosso cérebro, uma experiência de mundo ganha significado e forma. Esta é a nossa representação, ou seja, nossa percepção da informação. Embora todos nós utilizemos todas os sistemas de representação, nós sempre tendemos a ter uma preferência entre eles.
Então quais são os quatro sistemas de representação (ou aprendizado)?
Pessoas visuais memorizam através de figuras ou fotos. Então, estas pessoas geralmente têm dificuldades em se lembrar de instruções verbais porque suas mentes tendem a “vagar”. São pessoas que se distraem menos com ruídos ou sons mais altos e geralmente utilizam frases visuais.
Pessoas visuais precisam “ver a informação” para poder entendê-las, gostam de um feedback baseado no visual e de usar gestos!
Pessoas que são predominantemente auditivas memorizam informações passo a passo e através de sequências. Gostam de ouvir o feedback através de conversas. Elas tendem a utilizar frases auditivas e se interessam naquilo que temos a dizer. Elas podem ser excelentes ouvintes, gostar de música e da voz falada.
Pessoas auditivas gostam de memorizar informações passo a passo, através de procedimentos sequênciais. Gostam de ouvir “como estão indo” e respondem à um determinado tom de voz ou conjunto de palavras.
Pessoas cinestésicas processam informações que lhes são ditas para determinar seus sentimentos. Elas respondem bem ao toque e a recompensas físicas. Interessam-se em como se sentem e memorizam através do processo de realizar.
Pessoas cinestésicas respondem ao programa se sentirem-se bem. São pessoas muito físicas e gostam de ser tocadas. Elas aprendem atráves de uma ensino passo a passo.
Pessoas cognitivas “conversam consigo mesmas” e gostam de pensar em como as informações podem fazer sentido e então as entendem. Dão muito valor na lógica e gostam de detalhes.
Pessoas cognitivas: precisam entender porque estão fazendo aquilo que estão realizando. Novas idéias precisam fazer sentido e serem lógicas para que elas possam se engajar completamente.
Há um teste simples para se fazer em casa que dá a idéia de qual sistema de aprendizado fazemos parte. No link https://www.facebook.com/pilatesevo, é possível mandar uma mensagem inbox com endereço de email e então enviaremos um teste. É possível utilizarmos este teste com os nossos alunos!
Neste teste podemos ver que aprendemos através da fusão destes sistemas, mas com um ou dois sistemas dominantes. Estatísticas sugerem que em países desenvolvidos, 60% das pessoas são predominantemente visuais, 20% auditivas e 20% cinestésicas. Isso explica porque fotos de propagandas no Facebook funcionam melhor do que os anúncios feitos apenas com palavras ou textos. Então, vale a pena lembrar disso quando criamos materiais de marketing e também quando estamos ministrando nossa aula de Pilates!
O sistema de aprendizado que usamos com maior predominância é como um idioma especial que abraça todos os nossos processos mentais de consciência, do pensamento, das lembranças, da imaginação e da percepção. Entender todas estas questões mais claramente, permite que nos comuniquemos melhor conosco e com outras pessoas e que possamos controlar a maneira que interpretamos as informações. Então, uma vez que entendemos mais sobre como representamos informações para nós mesmos, podemos melhorar nosso próprio aprendizado e nossas aulas focando em um sistema favorito e desenvolvendo os outros sistemas também de acordo com nossos alunos.
Como utilizar os Sistemas de Aprendizagem
Se ensinarmos utilizando somente os métodos visual e auditivo (como muitos professores fazem), não será surpresa se algumas pessoas em nossas aulas não responderem adequadamente ao que ensinamos. Isso nos mostra que possivelmente, elas preferem outros sistemas que não estamos utilizando.
Como podemos maximizar o potencial de treinamento em nossos alunos?
Pessoas visuais: devemos dar demonstrações claras dos movimentos
Pessoas auditivas: devemos instruir de forma muito clara enquanto demonstramos os movimentos.
Pessoas cinestésica: devemos tocar os alunos até o ponto em que sintam certeza de que seus corpos estão realmente alinhados da maneira que devem ficar e seus movimentos estão perfeitos ao ponto de estas pessoas sentirem realmente as sensações devidas.
Pessoas Cognitivas: devemos explicar não somente como fazer os movimentos mas, o porquê de estarmos realizando estes movimentos. Estas pessoas precisam entender o que estão fazendo e o porquê estão fazendo.
Parece óbvio mas, quando nos aprofundamos nos sistemas de aprendizado, passamos a avaliar muito melhor nossos alunos e a conhecê-los melhor também assim como a nós mesmos. Nossas aulas ficam mais produtivas e os alunos interagem melhor com o grupo e com o instrutor. A fidelização dos alunos aumenta e são vistos muitos resultados satisfatórios. Os objetivos são alcançados rapidamente. Vamos testar!
Por Chris Hunt – Nascido em Londres/Criador do Método PilatesEVO que utiliza movimentos mais funcionais, PNL, meridianos e meditação (utilizado por muitos instrutores de Pilates em vários países incluindo Russia e toda a Europa, chegando agora no Brasil!).Trabalha com Pilates há 25 anos. Parceiro da MR3 – Sport/Training/Nutrição em São Paulo (com Marcelo Capella). Cursos no Brasil (São Paulo, dias 19, 20, 21 e 22 de Maio). Contato: email@example.com
Traduzido pela fisioterapeuta Dra. Renata Barros dos Santos (MR3 – Sport/Training/Nutrição)
Pilates EVO is the only system that allows and encourages its teachers to bring their own ideas and experiences and create new combinations that can be used all over the world. Do you always want to be told what to do? Or do you want to create your own Universe?
Pilates EVO by Chris Hunt
To find out how this system seemlessly incorporates NLP, meridians, mindfulness meditation, scared numbers and Kundalini in a flowing practise with a unique soundtrack, click on www.pilatesevo.com. Blend the old with the new.
The next Pilates EVO educations in 2015 are in the UK in October (London and the Cotswolds) and in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in November. For more information and to book your place, just click on our Facebook Events Page.
It has flow and movement with sequences of moves created using the sacred numbers 3, 7 and 21. It uses uplifting soundtracks mixed in London by DJ Shameless to enable clients to really connect with their body, giving a far deeper and rewarding experience. It is appropriate for all ages and abilities as the movements have different levels progressing muscular fitness using repetitions, range of motion, rate and resistance. This creates a total system that will remain challenging to a wide range of training goals from elite athletes to people seeking everyday fitness.
About Chris Hunt
A former Claims Manager in the financial markets of the City of London, Chris had a mid-life enlightenment (as opposed to a mid-life crisis….) and left behind the rat-race and fighting for a seat on the daily commute to dedicate his life to his true calling, health, wellness and helping people. Chris is a fully qualified Pilates teacher (OCR in England) and now travels the world teaching teachers about Pilates, functional training and wellness. Chris spent time in Bangkok and is qualified in Thai Massage (meridian lines) and meditation. Chris lives and works in London and Barcelona where he enjoys meditating, surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and making music. He organises unique health conventions around the world, where all profits go to local children’s charities. You can read more about Chris by clicking on http://www.chrishuntblog.com/about/
I will be presenting Pilates EVO in Moscow, Russia at MIOFF in October 2014. I hope to see lots of my friends there and I am sure that I will meet lots of new friends as well.
Click on the image above to read about MIOFF and Pilates EVO (there is an English language option).
During my visit in October I will be holding a 3 day Pilates Foundation Education, a 3 day Pilates EVO Advanced Education, and a 2 day Introduction to Pilates course. There will also be some Pilates EVO masterclasses.
For more information about attending the courses, please contact me as soon as possible as places are very limited. If you are a club in Moscow and you want to talk about bringing Pilates EVO to your club, then please contact me.
When we create something ourselves, it can be a difficult step to share our creation with the world. What will people think? Will they like it? Will they criticize or praise? Will it be a success? I have always followed the words of Aristotle, who famously said, “there is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing”.
When I was young, I suffered from a lot of back pain. I was born with a spine defect and that led to poor posture which made my problem worse. Hours spent playing sports and practising the piano further added to my problems. I tried many things to help, but Pilates was the thing that really changed my life. It enabled me to live a full life, to run marathons, to snowboard, surf, play golf and never think twice about my back before trying something new. From that day forward, I had a passionate belief that Pilates could help many people improve their quality of life.
In the early days, whilst still practising and studying Pilates I was worked in the City of London as an Insurance Manager. I continue to this day working as a Senior Business Consultant so my life has an excellent balance.
I travelled the world teaching Piates and learning (we never stop learning, and anyone who says any different is very sadly mistaken). As well as Pilates, I was interested in kundalini and other methods of functional training. I also developed a deep love of meditation which took me to the Buddhist Temples of Thailand. Whilst there, I also discovered and studied meridians, becoming qualified in Thai Massage. It was not just the body that interested me. I had always been interested in psychology, in what I saw as “total fitness”. I studied Buddhist psychology and other modern concepts such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
As I travelled teaching Pilates, within my subconscious there was a seed that was growing, an idea that I could use all my knowledge to create a different type of Pilates that reflected the ancient and modern. I am classically trained, and it pains me to see some of the new systems that claim to be “Pilates” when they are clearly nothing of the sort. So I took my time to think about how my new system could stay true to the principles of Pilates, to my principles, but how I could add to the experience my own knowledge, character and ideas.
It was important for to me to create a system from my heart, a system where everything has meaning and purpose. In my opinion there are too many systems and teachers who teach not from their heart, but from their bank balance. To quote Einstein, “Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty.”
Music has always been a massive part of my life. I am a classically trained pianist and I play guitar, sing and write songs. I wanted every detail of EVO to maximise the total experience, so it has its own unique uplifting soundtracks mixed in London designed to enable clients to really connect with how their body is moving and working, giving a deep and rewarding experience.