Polstar Pilates Essentials


The Pilates Method, originally called Contrology was first documented in Pilates’ book “Return to Life”. Along with 34 Mat Pilates exercises Pilates touched on 9 other areas of health and wellness that when integrated and balanced into ones life would manifest optimal health and wellness. The Pilates method, a truly holistic view on mental, spiritual and physical health consists of 9 Life Essentials: Recreation, Sleep, Hygiene, Relaxation, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Work, Movement and Nature.

Joseph Pilates wrote that whole body health could be achieved through exercise, proper diet, sufficient sleep, good hygiene, plenty of sunshine and fresh air, and a balance in life of work, recreation and relaxation. Pulling from Pilates’ important work, Dr. Brent Anderson created the Polestar Life Essentials to honor Pilates’ original conception of the Pilates Method as a complete and holistic health and wellness system – not solely exercise.?” The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventative medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature. – Joseph Pilates.

This holistic view of the Pilates Method is similar to Yoga which has components beyond Asana (the physical postures) including Pranayama (Breath control), Dharana (concentration) and Niyama (rules of conduct) to name a few. Also similar to the self practice of a Yogi, Pilates encouraged his students toward self direction believing that optimal health was possible only when an individual took ownership of their life. “No Man No Machine can correct or create vitality, power or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it” – “With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?” – Joseph Pilates, Return to Life

Sleep – “If your sleep is disturbed, rise immediately and perform your (Pilates Mat) exercises. It is far better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the ‘poisons’ generated by nervousness while lying awake”. “Most important in the matter of enjoying good recuperative sleep are quiet, darkness, fresh air, and mental calm” – Joseph Pilates

Nature – “By All means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air your can” – Joseph Pilates

Relaxation – “Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well – balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living” – Joseph Pilates

Recreation – “Contrology (Pilates) is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work” – Joseph Pilates

Mindfulness – “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things”.?”It is the mind itself which builds the body”. “Pilates is gaining mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body” – Joseph Pilates

Work – “Because of the intense concentration demanded by our work and despite the real enjoyment our work may bring some of us we never the less, gladly welcome any additional relief in the form of diversified and pleasant recreation activities, preferably outdoors, in our constant attempts to offset the effects of increasing cares and burdens so common today” – Joseph Pilates

Nutrition – “Eat only enough food to restore the fuel consumed by the body and to keep enough of it on hand at all times to furnish the extra energy required on occasions beyond our normal needs and to meet unexpected emergencies” – Joseph Pilates

Movement – ” When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure”. “Never slouch as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back and throws you off balance”. “Change Happens through movement and movement heals” – Joseph Pilates

Hygiene – “Clean the waste and debris from every cell in the body.” “Remember too, that your body also “breathes” through the pores of your skin as well as through your mouth nose and lungs. Clean, open skin pores permit perspiration to uninterruptedly eliminate the poisons of your body” – Joseph Pilates

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