About Pilates at Energy in Motion
Pilates is a whole-body exercise modality that can transform the way you look, feel, and move.
The founder of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates, was born in 1883. Having suffered from health issues as a young person, he developed a deep curiosity about the world and the way human beings operate in it, and learned about the body through observation and experience. From an early age, Pilates was to deeply investigating human health and how to improve wellbeing through movement.
Borrowing from Zen Buddhism, the Yogic traditions, and martial arts, Pilates, an Austro-Hungarian by birth, had already begun to formulate his approach to movement when the first world war broke out.
But it was while he was held as a prisoner-of-war on the Isle of Man, that it occurred to him to combine old-school calisthenics with exercises using modified bed-frames and bed-springs to provide tension and resistance. Pilates introduced injured British soldiers to his exercises, and the results were astounding.
After the war, Pilates moved to New York, meeting his wife Clara in the process, and there he opened his first studio on Eighth Avenue. Word spread of the effectiveness of his method, and he worked with many actresses and ballet dancers, including Audrey Hepburn, and the New York Ballet.
One of his pupils was Romana Kryzanowska, a ballet dancer who studied under Joe and Clara Pilates, and became their protege, eventually teaching and sharing the Pilates method with seminal instructors like Sean Gallagher after Joseph Pilates’ death in 1967 at the age of 83.
While mat classes are popular and effective, the foundation of the Pilates approach is the apparatus. Moving on the reformer stretches and activates the muscles in the body in a way that is totally distinct from conventional weight-bearing exercises, or lifting weights at the gym.
Rather than being constructed of linear fibres as many assume, muscles have a spiral design, and the springs in a Pilates reformer or tower allow muscles to unspool, lengthen and release while building strength, flexibility and agility, supporting every part of the body as integral to every other part, honouring the body as a self-supporting structure.
Conventional exercise tells us that to get rid of shoulder pain, we must work on the shoulder. The Pilates method reveals and supports the body’s dynamic holism. By activating the entire chain connection of the body and addressing and facilitating the underlying biomechanics, transformation occurs.
Joseph Pilates taught that in order to reap the full benefits of the method and to see significant results in the way the body moves, functions and feels, three sessions a week are optimal.
Many people find that a Pilates reformer workout can eliminate the need for massage, chiropractic, and other healing modalities, because the integrity of the body is restored.
Lee has studied with many Pilates training schools, including Polestar Pilates Ltd., Classical Pilates UK and The Aplers Sisters in Boulder Colorado.
More recently her quest has taken her to New York where the method developed and grew. There, Lee trained with Sean Gallagher and Junghee Won under The New York Pilates Studio and took lessons and workshops with Blossom Crawford and Kathi Ross Nash.
Inspired by these legendary teachers, Lee continues to deepen her understanding of the original work of Joseph & Clara Pilates and Romana Kryzanowska.
Lee is always studying, learning and adjusting how she delivers her Pilates classes to ensure her clients get the most out of every session, and the most out of their bodies.
She is delighted to be offering her integrated approach to Classical and contemporary Pilates in the form of group classes and private sessions in Fredericton, New Brunswick.