Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree are familiar items in the much-loved carol the 12 Days Of Christmas. To many who have heard dozens of adaptations, the song seems to bring together a random bunch of animals and people like “eight maids a-milking” and “11 pipers piping”.

This month’s theme at Club Rhythm brings the spirit of Christmas with a Pilates interpretation of the famous carol. We will bring together You, our customers, and a selected bunch of Pilates animal/creature movements. Through December you will hear and play with many exercises you heard through 2017, like cat and cow and elephant and swan or seal and mermaid and frog. For some of you might be new exercises like bird and dog or snake and grasshopper. All good fun to do and play with!

You would wonder why all these animal names? Apparently Joseph Pilates developed parts of his method from the observation of nature and wildlife. He claimed to have studied how animals move and stretch to maintain ideal form and health. Every Pilates an exercise was intended to lead back to an everyday movement performed by humans.

Joseph Pilates dealt as a child with chronic illnesses such as rickets, severe asthma, and rheumatic fever, which lead him to study physical fitness and health.  Studying human anatomy and the movement of animals at a young age, helped him to get stronger and at the age of fourteen, he was modelling for anatomy charts.  From a sick chid he transformed in a very active and strong person. He was a skier, diver, gymnast, and boxer.

Through December, as your body will gain both awareness and strength through practice and repetition, you will learn to focus mentally and execute all the animal movement … even the ones you thought more difficult or impossible to do.

We will post one video a day until Christmas Eve featuring some of your and Teacher’s favorite Pilates Reformer exercises.

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