I speak to you from Connecticut, NYC and Massachusetts in the U.S.A. representing 58 years of living Pilates. It was in 1959 that my Pilates life began studying twice a week for six and a half years with Joe and Clara themselves!
My main thrust in Pilates and everything I do is to stay creatively focused. The whole method changed for me dramatically when I entered my 70’s after 42 years of living Pilates from the age of 29 and after 25 years of teaching Pilates since I was 45. If you are healthy, not necessarily wealthy, but wise, by the 70’s the ego has stepped aside. There is no more to prove. You are now free to explore. It was then that I gave the leadership in Pilates to my body, to the spine itself and stopped the constant directing of the body from above, from my mind.
That change in attitude was like discovering a new method. My body lightened, lengthened and was endlessly inventive, especially when moving to a great variety of classical music. Being with my body in a less directive way filled me with joy and still does. My Pilates is now creative. Joe supported that. When he saw me make up some movement, he would say “That’s good! Just be sure you are using your whole body.”
My hope is to inspire many of you throughout the world to expect a more satisfying and brilliant Pilates for yourselves as well, as the years pile on for you. A Jungian psychoanalyst (47 years and ongoing) and a Pilates teacher (42 years and ongoing) in 1995 the two combined organically which has become my signature contribution to the Pilates worldwide community – PILATES PLUS PSYCHE. I ask for each one of your to realize that you are on two equally important journeys, one into Pilates and the other into yourself! As the most senior Pilates Elder still teaching at 87, I share with you that “Your Pilates and all of you improves with aging.”
I look forward to mentoring any of you who is a deep quester.“Mary is the most senior Pilates Elder and Master Teacher who knew and studied with Joseph Pilates and Clara”.
Historic Video featuring Joe Pilates – Please click here to stream the video !
This video, outstanding in letting us know Joe and Clara, is made up of films taken of Joe and Clara themselves and clients between the years 1932-1945. Reels and reels of these vintage films were given to Mary Bowen at the opening of her larger studio YOUR OWN GYM in 1981 in Northampton, MA. Ten years later Mary studied all the reels of footage choosing out the best examples for compiling this Historical Pilates DVD on Joe, Clara, clients and friends, 1932-45. During this time period Joe was in his prime, 49-62. This video remains a Pilates historical treasure.
Please click here to stream the video.