Second Part of the Interview to Kathi Ross Nash
One long blog was not enough to exhaust all the questions I had for Kathi regarding her new book “The Red Thread of Pilates: The Mat”. Here is the second part of the interview.
A: For a client: while working with a Teacher, use the book to deepen your knowledge of the work. Use the variations available to further your work. It is a great tool to use when traveling, so the client can continue to progress and not regress when away from the studio.
For a student: to learn the purpose and goals of each exercise. This will help to lessen the confusion when beginning to study the work. Students are often overwhelmed by the information thrown at them. This book allows them to choose the focus in order of its importance and slowly digest the information. The connections will give a deeper understanding of work and how it builds.
For a teacher: I wanted to give teachers my 35 years of experience in the method. I do not teach “One-Off’s” but actually teach the method and have had the fortune to be able to build students and progress them for years- some more than 20. This book is several workshops in one place.
A: We are going to the baby chair next. And then the high chair. I decided to go to the chairs next because the chairs hit so many facets of the work:
A: We are doing a lot right actually. People are starting to move!!! They are understanding that they are allowed to move. It doesn’t have to be perfect but there must be action. The freedom to move is a very important component of the method. Also people are starting to embrace the classical method. Romana always encouraged me to go and show what the real method is. You can’t blame people for not knowing about the classical method. If they weren’t lucky enough like us to randomly happen to be around the right environment that’s not their fault. These books are another opportunity for who is not classically trained to have the possibility to tap into it, get to know it better and may be start studying the method with local classical teachers.
A: Sometimes they don’t look at the body in front of them. They look at a list of exercises and that doesn’t allow implementation of the method. In the very beginning just following the exercise routine can be enough and bring results. The Pilates method is so well designed that you can allow yourself to follow the sequencing without thinking too much and still get good results.. But then to keep the client improving and to get to change his/her body, you need to use the brain and look at the body before you. When you really know the method you can be an artist and you can get shape and sculpt bodies beside making them feel great. You can build a body, you can lengthen a body, you can rehab a body, that’s the artistry all instructors should aim to.
That is exactly what happened to me when I started working with Kathi Ross Nash.
My body completely changed.
A: I think Pilates has a great future unlike what the article that was published last month on the New York Magazine says. I think people now realize that Pilates is not just for the delicate, is not an easy no-sweat workout. You can rehab somebody and get the best out of the finest athlete. Now people know that Pilates is a method that first builds you and then challenges you, pushing the envelope beyond your comfort level keeping your body balanced.
A: I think that teachers who studied another method should at some point in their path go back to their roots. Go back to Joseph Pilates and all his first generation instructors to understand where the method comes from and who they are. You know who you are when you visit your roots.. It’s like for me going back to Italy, I understood myself better! Only going there and seeing my family I knew who I am.
A: I have a vision, I have no dreams. I look at the health of Method and I decide what Pilates needs accordingly. Few years ago I wanted to spread the work to as many people as possible, right now my purpose is to bring well trained instructors to the next level. Tomorrow I don’t know, we’ll see what the future brings.
A: I have no words! I cried when they asked me. I never imagined such an honor would be given to me!!! I have been blessed to have such amazing teachers and students throughout the years and if it wasn’t for them and sharing the journey together, this would never have happened. To be there and be the first person to teach where Joe Pilates developed the work I love so very much!!! I’m very grateful for the invitation- only an incredible feeling of gratitude for the invitation and opportunity to share this moment with like minded instructors. I can’t wait to feel the energy, the love and the common spirit we share on that day. For all of us to stand together, be grateful to the work of this man, to those who preserve and adore his work and those who worked so hard to make this day a reality. And THEN to get down and SWEAT!!!!!
A: If you don’t enjoy, if you don’t have fun, don’t do it! This is for anyone — teachers, clients, everybody– life is too short, have fun!!!!
If you missed the first part of this interview click here