Andrew has a long association with disciplined movement. His early sporting exploits are across the board and cover tennis, basketball, cricket, golf and perhaps most successfully athletics, until he became a competitive ballroom dancer in his early adult years which he continues to this day. His focus as a teacher is on rehabilitation through movement and he enjoys challenging his healthier clients with a range of exercises designed to both stretch and strengthen their bodies to their pinnacle. Learning from Andrew will mean a tailored, traditional approach to the Pilates method that will educate your mind and body, allowing you to achieve your personal best. Here Andrew talks about the importance of the body system…
How does one build a strong, flexible and highly functional body? How do we eradicate pain, remove dysfunction, and manage our body in such a way that we remain pain-free?
It’s the system that counts.
The single best thing we can do for our body is to move. Move regularly. Move lots. Move in such a way that each of our joints (and all the muscles in between) receives tender loving care. Yes, going for a walk on a regular basis is good. It’s great in fact, but walking alone isn’t enough. What about our thoracic mobility, our scapula stability, or any other number of undervalued movements that it fails to address?
Again, it’s the system that counts. How well-educated is your system of movement? How varied is it? Does your system account for all of the body’s needs?
Cultivating a healthy body is like planting a crop. Sowing the seeds is only a small part of the job – after that you’ve got to tend to the seeds regularly (and with some degree of know-how), even if you can’t see the sprouts of green poking up through the dirt yet. Sow, cultivate, and then you shall reap…but that doesn’t mean you have to flog yourself. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and by the same token, a daily dose of educated movement goes a long way to building a healthy body. Regular, well-informed workouts beat the hell out of one massive workout done whenever the blue moon is up.
It’s the system that counts. Pilates has proven time and again to be a valuable addition to many a person’s movement philosophy. Just remember that execution is power – not knowledge. The most intellectual system in the world is useless if never put into action.