If you were looking for some extra information regarding Pilates, anatomy or body-related information, there are a number of books that The Movement Studio recommends. We use some of these in our Teacher Training program and also point clients in the direction of these volumes if someone is looking to further his or her knowledge base. Check them out from your local library or buy them from your independent local book store.
Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer G. Moseley
Butler and Moseley are part of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Australasia — an independent, international group of physiotherapists dedicated to quality pain education and manual therapy and allied health resource distribution. The book aims to “give clinicians and people in pain the power to challenge pain and to consider new models for viewing what happens during pain. Once they have learnt about the processes involved they can follow a scientific route to recovery.”
We have a number of classes at The Movement Studio that deal specifically with pain like the Well Back series. We also run classes for pain prevention like Pilates for runners.
Natural Intelligence by Susan Aposhyan.
The author “developed Body-Mind Psychotherapy as an application of Body-Mind Centering to the process of psychotherapy.” Many people that do Pilates and participate in other physical activities know first-hand the mind-body connection, whether it’s from getting a “runner’s high” to feeling blissed out from a deep stretching session.
Aposhyan writes: “by natural intelligence, I mean the synergistic intelligence that arises out of including all the resources of every tissue and fluid in the body. Every system of the body has its own unique abilities to perceive and respond. For both cultural and evolutionary reasons, we ignore and override both sensory input and behavioral responses which arise outside the nervous system. Including and integrating the intelligence and creativity of the entire body is natural intelligence.”
Many clients at The Movement Studio come away from classes feeling like they’ve encountered their bodies at a whole new level — try a Private session to get a hands-on assessment to start getting your mind to discover what your body already knows.
Check back in for more reading recommendations soon.