Back to bodily intelligence: fascia in motion
Pilates with focus on the greatest sensory organ: the fascia.
The fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds, connects and runs through all the muscles, organs and ligaments of our body. For several years now, the fasciae have been increasingly in the spotlight of current medical research and international attention. New findings continue to influence and revolutionise the more classic Pilates method.
The fascia network (myofascial channels) runs through our entire body. Through this web of fascia we are aware of and make sense of our bodily movements. This fascia network contributes to muscle coordination ability and the transmission of power by the muscle.
The Anatomy Trains, as defined by Thomas Meyers, serve as a guide for working with these myofascial meridians in the body. A healthy connective tissue is both firm and elastic at the same time. Bendable and tear-resistant, it allows for flexible movements of the body.
Lack of exercise, malnutrition, inflammation or stress can clog and crust the fascia. In this “sick” state, the elastic mesh becomes a tight ball of felt, which can lead to severe, often chronic pain in various parts of the body. Our Pilates training helps the fascia to become supple and elastic again, leads to greater resilience of the tendons and ligaments, prevents wear on joints and intervertebral discs, strengthens and protects the muscles against injuries, keeps them in shape and as such leads to overall greater and more energetic well-being, a life long.
Our Pilates training sessions, while all based on the same principles and basic intentions, vary in style and structure and cater to a mixed set of audiences.