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Pilates Foundation Publishes First HandbooksFoundation News
The Pilates Foundation, the UK’s oldest Pilates organisation and its only non-profit, has published its first, long-awaited handbooks for matwork and apparatus.
In keeping with its motto ‘The Highest Standard’, the volumes have very high production values; stunning colour photos of Pilates Foundation teachers demonstrating the exercises are a key feature. Director of photography and design Sarah Doherty also serves as one of the models. Each page of illustrations is accompanied by a page with the headings Purpose, Set Up, Breathing, Cueing, Variations/Adaptations and Contraindications. Unusually, there are no written instructions on how to perform the exercises: the space below the headings is left blank to be filled in by the book’s owner.
Pilates Foundation Board member Penny Jones, who oversaw the project, explained the rationale behind this decision: ‘A core value of the Pilates Foundation is to respect the individual approach of Teacher Trainers whilst honouring the original work established by Joseph Pilates. So instead of a description of how to teach each exercise, there is space for teachers to write their own ideas from their own training, their own understanding of the first principles of the Method and their own practice.’
The handbooks, which were originally intended primarily for trainee and practicing Pilates teachers, will enable anyone from clients to long established teacher trainers to build a unique and personal view of the Pilates repertoire. According to Jones, ‘The view of the Foundation is that this is the only way to ensure that Pilates continues to be a powerful and evolving system of well-being.’
The Matwork Handbook retails at £25 and the Apparatus Handbook at £50, with discounted rates available for Pilates Foundation Teachers, Affiliates and Friends. Discounts for bulk purchases are also available. Copies can be ordered from email@example.com.