As we approach the Summer Solstice, the new season beckons us as members of a changed world. The last few months have been frightening for some, tragic for others, confusing for many and challenging for most. Despite all the challenges, I’m choosing to consider this time as an opportunity to pause and examine our beliefs, as well as how our personal and public actions may affect our greater community and world. From a philosophical standpoint, it has been an opportunity to take inventory of our lives, our choices, our daily habits and patterns and to really think about what’s working and what’s not working.
We can choose to approach this time as a reawakening, with new consciousness and more intention – from the way we think, to the way we move, to how we interact and get through our days in general. The phrase that comes to me is Return to Life – the title of Joseph Pilates most well-known text on Body Contrology, now known as Pilates. Among the wisdom in his words, these stand out and make a case for the relevance of a focused Pilates practice, especially in these times of a systemic rewiring.
In practically every instance, the daily acts we perform are governed by what we THINK we see, hear, or touch without stopping first to analyze or think of the possible results of our actions, good or bad. As the result of habit or reflex action, we wink, dodge, and operate machines more or less automatically… By reawakening thousands and thousands of otherwise ordinarily dormant muscle cells, Contrology correspondingly reawakens thousands and thousands of dormant brain cells, thus activating new areas and stimulating further the functioning of the mind.
A return to our Pilates practice may be just what we need to return to a new outlook and way of life!
As a studio, we have not only returned to life, but have come full circle back to the core of our beginnings. The heart and soul of the studio has always been private and semi-private sessions. We excel at providing personalized, detailed, transformative guidance to our clients. And we’re thrilled to re-focus on this very directed, precise approach. With over 5,000 square feet of space, Body Works Pilates is a place where it’s relatively easy to socially distance. And we are making it happen without sacrificing the quality of our core offerings.
That said, our group classes remain a wonderful component to our program. Since offering our group classes online, many more (from both Tucson and around the world) have taken advantage of one or more group classes each week. Several of you have even tested comfort zones and tried classes that you never would have tried before and found exciting new options. These classes will continue to be offered online through July, along with our new FP on Demand online video library, featuring over 100 group classes.
As always, we are so grateful to share the genius of Joseph Pilates’ and Ron Fletcher’s work with you. And we’re honored that you choose to practice with us in the studio, as well as online. Please never hesitate to contact us to inquire how you may begin, re-start or continue your practice, as you are ready, with us. We are making every effort possible to ensure your comfort, safety, and optimal health.
Wishing you the best in health of mind, body and spirit this Summer!