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Monday
May112015

Pilates with Alexander

It took the world by storm over the past decade and is still spinning largely out of control into every form of fitness communication. The lack of regulation within the pilates industry triggered a mass spawning of hybrid forms (yogalate? Sounds like a milky coffee after a good asana) that delivers the core message of, well, core is king. So for the Alexander teacher who has stood by watching as many an expert birthed themselves through a weekend course and started a printing press in their studio, it's hard not to hold a dim view of the credibility of someone spruiking the benefits of pilates to health, happiness and evolution.

Jane Staggs trained as an Alexander teacher in 1979 and tested pilates more recently as a worthy adjunct to her already successful practice. Her experience of watching past students swept up in the pilates cure-all sales message suggested that perhaps she could be the expert help instead. Listen to an interview with Jane in the members section(click on the link at left to request logins).

Helge Fisher trained with Shoshana Kaminitz in 1991 and co-wrote the book(Body Control: The Pilates Way) that sparked the pilates firestorm in the UK and now an internationally known brand, BodyControl Pilates. Though Helge left the organisation fairly early in the peace, her experiences in bringing the complicated pilates regime to the masses is a fascinating story. 

Learn more about the Pilates/Alexander connections in the new ACTIVE issue, as part of a current subscription. Click on Subscription to learn more.

 

 

Monday
Apr202015

Congress Ireland 2015

Yes I'm still alive... and will be available as a target for any eggs or rotten tomatoes at the forthcoming Congress. It has been a long, long time since DIRECTION produced a new journal and I'm very sorry for the big gap. The new issue "Active" has been promised for many months and I cannot make any more excuses or promises...simply because I can't possibly make anything else up!

The wait is nearly over for this new issue which will be the first of its kind anywhere in the Alexander publishing world. A selection of articles on the application of Alexander to sporting pursuits, health/fitness and movement by Alexander teachers will open the lid on huge areas of modern society in need of constructive conscious control...and compassion. 

Since FM Alexander's day many movement regimes have come and gone to the chagrin of many an Alexander teacher. The principles of balanced and conscious coordination are needed even more today as we are bombarded with "Scientifically" validated exercise physiological remedies to the ills of modern lifestyle choices...and oh, a blinding lack of education in self awareness for all-day, every-day needs.

How does a student/teacher of Alexander navigate this minefield of sales pitches without alienating themselves completely from the very people who need the help?

ACTIVE Issue explores the huge areas of physical pursuit in Golf, Tennis, Pilates, Running, Swimming and Cycling. Working with the mainstream is much more intelligent than posturing on the sidelines as the work passes by. Stay tuned as I dust off this blog and bring more interesting clips from the people who have helped me create this exciting addition to the DIRECTION catalogue.

If you are wondering whether your subscription is still current...please email paulcook@directionjournal.com. 

I will be sending out address checks soon.