The Results are in! Chapter I

We asked you to tell us how you use Pilatesology and you really let us have it! 

We love hearing from you so much we are making this a regular post. Here’s the first one, from Colin, An industrious Pilates mat purist in Dunoon, Scotland in the County of Argyll: 

(Just how we like ‘em – with a cool accent…)

In 2004 Colin was introduced to Pilates by a Physiotherapist who was treating his lower back pain. He had never heard of the method.

“My back “flared” up one evening at Karate (Shotokan) which I had been practicing for nearly 14 years and I had to pack it all in. I was 50 then and I am now 69. I found the Classical work when I got hold of those DVD’s produced by in about late 2005 or early 2006. I then found Alisa and she shared her learning with me like nobody else that I have ever met. Her experience with Mr. Grimes brought home to me that perhaps Mr. Grimes was the only link to Mr. Pilates’ “original” work, and on the basis of her talking about her practice with him I attended two workshops in London  – then I knew I had found “purity” and have strived to understand his example of Mr. Pilates’ mat work ever since. In September 2009 I attended a workshop held at NY STUDIOS in London where Jay Grimes was presenting. I also attended his workshop at the same studio again in June 2010.

At the very beginning of each mat class, Jay emphasized the importance to everyone of trying to work on a proper Pilates mat with leg strap and handles. I had never used one before, nor indeed even seen one. I jumped at the suggestion and grabbed one of the high mats for each mat class thereafter!

Jay spoke about Joseph Pilates always teaching the mat using the footstrap and handles or bar and to my simple way of thinking, these two pieces do represent a sort of genius in Mr. Pilates’ methodology seldom spoken about. I had not heard it articulated so simply and clearly before meeting Jay Grimes.”

Without access to traditional Pilates apparatus in his area Colin decided to build himself a proper mat to get it done right!

“My mat consists of foam rubber type product and measures 24” X 80” X 1.5”. I also have Satellite or Moon Boxes made from foam rubber. I have a Footstrap that I got made up by a lady who keeps horses and makes some of her saddlery accessories. It is made to the correct size – 20” with D hooks on either end and double end snap hooks on each end and cost me £8.00 GBP.

The wooden frame is made of pine timber covered with a piece of plywood fixed on top. The Footstrap is positioned appropriately at the bottom end and the handle is a broom shaft positioned through two holes in the framing at the upper end about 5” from the top of the framing.

On a personal note, I should explain to you that I first contacted Alisa several years ago now…She told me about Mr. Grimes and has tirelessly helped me in my understanding and practice of the pure mat work. She is unique in my book. A truly delightful human being and a privilege to know. When Alisa told me she was starting her own video streaming service I was delighted. I think more nowadays about the true depth and integrity of the exercises, and I have already made copious notes of several videos on the pilatesology site that are priceless to me in my practice. Its the most pro-active thing ever to become available to the authentic Pilates student like myself since I first got involved with the Method in 2005.”

Check out some of Colin’s favorite classes! (Click on the title of this post to open it in it’s own window if you can’t see the classes below).

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Andrea Maida

Andrea Maida

A native of Pittsburgh, Andrea began her study of the Pilates method in 2000. She holds two comprehensive certifications from Romana’s Pilates in New York and Excel Movement Studios in Washington, DC.  Andrea continues to study with numerous world-class instructors including Romana Kryzanowska, Jay Grimes, Sari Mejia-Santo, Junghee Kallander, Cynthia Lochard, and Kathryn Ross-Nash whenever possible. Andrea was privileged to be in the inaugural class of The Work at Vintage Pilates under the direction of Jay Grimes, 1st Generation Master Teacher and student of Joseph Pilates. 


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