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INTEGRITY

Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. Inethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.

When asked about Pilates, you will often here me describe Pilates as the exercise regime that focuses solely on joint integrity. For alignment of our bones is crucial to good joint mobility. To be clear a joints integrity is of the utmost importance particularly as we get older. Faulty movement patterns carve out our paths to injury and one alignment issue leads to another. It is incredibly important to understand how movement should look and feel as well as the mechanics of what should be happening within any joint within the body.

It disturbs me when teachers over look alignment when teaching movement, how can they be separated? Muscle memory must be trained in order to correct alignment and protect the joints. While we might never reach perfection, because from the moment we are born we are moving away from it (or two it depending on your spiritual outlook on perfection and acceptance) we do try in Pilates to honour the accuracies of ones movements as well as preserve the right to grow old gracefully.