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About Bodyhood

Charleston Samu Rii Marquis About Bodyhood Pilates, EN

Power to expand your mind
Freedom to express your body
Silence to rest your thoughts
to be in peace with
what you see (vision)
what you feel (passion) and
what you think (will).

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A State of Being

The Bodyhood© Pilates studio is since the year 1990 engaged in satisfying the still current need for a mind that is flexible, a body that is strong and a spirit that is free. “Bodyhood” is therefore a state of being and not yet another style of Pilates. It means the quality of being-in-your-body. This quality refers to silence and lightness, or in other words, to meditation and elevation. It describes the state of presence felt deeply within your body, which comes with self-awareness, self-knowledge, and self-empowerment.

In our Logo, “Bodyhood” is placed in front of “Pilates” to make “Bodyhood Pilates”. It describes the state of being-in-your-body, which you need, to be able to use “Power without Force” in your Pilates training.

Click here and read the fascinating story of a baby demonstrating our studio’s “Power without Force” concept to us

The Path of Least Resistance

In simple terms, “Power without Force” means the path of least resistance. However, it does not only mean to make any work more effortless but to bring all of yourself together towards one goal and one direction. In the end this actually really makes any work more effortless, because the emphasis is placed on the function and not on the structure, which is the essence of the Power without Force Philosophy. In particular because the aim of our body is to function. So, Bodyhood is about understanding your body not as a mere machine, but as a teaching tool for your mind in your journey to a unity of body, mind and soul.

Get to a Deeper Understanding of Your Body

I have developed concepts and techniques such as the ABC principle, intoning and verbalizing of action. These approaches are not typically associated with the teaching of the Pilates method but nevertheless are immensely helpful in teaching you the essence and being of your body. The “ABC principle”, for example, is an integrative device to break down disassociation. This technique will help you to gain and utilize space, silence and awareness. It will keep you in the moment. So, apart from learning the Pilates exercises, you will also learn being-in-your-body. 

"The outcome will be a healthy, lean, strong and flexible body combined with a watchful, creative and focused mind."