HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE FRANKLIN METHOD?
Allow me to introduce this brilliant step in the direction of mindfulness and movement that is proven to enhance the efficacy of fitness regimens, everywhere. The Franklin Method, which has been utilized in elite centers such as Juilliard Dance School and the Olympic training center in Colorado, works to improve the body’s senses, helping it recognize exactly what’s happening in and around it, in order to respond to stimuli in the most efficient way. In the words of Eric N. Franklin himself, “Better information improves your navigation,” and his way of doing things helps us to pick up on that information.
According to franklinmethod.com, “The Franklin Method® uses Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School in New York.”
When you take the time to listen to this brilliant man speak, you’ll hear him say things like, “The body reflects thinking patterns,” and, “Tight thoughts produce tight muscles.” When we hear those things, one of our favorite buzzwords pops into our heads: MINDFULNESS! It seems the whole realm of physiology experts has grasped the fact that health starts in the mind, and if our minds are correctly engaged, our bodies will follow and manifest said health. Essentially, you are learning to mentally observe every move the body is making.
This technique empowers our thought lives. It reminds us of our power to change. We don’t have to do anything the way we’ve always done it, simply because it’s the way we’ve always done it, including, but not limited to the way we walk. We can maximize each movement of our body, once we learn how every part works together. By doing so, we increase the awareness of what our bodies are doing in any space, which enables us to notice and navigate the details of every experience. Participating in each movement, instead of just letting things go on as usual, gives our bodies and minds more energy, as opposed to sapping our energy--the way that drudging through life does. As Pilates specialists, the Franklin Method is a natural companion to our own philosophy.
Joseph Pilates said, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” With concentration, centering, breathing, control, precision, and fluidity as its core principals, Pilates forces us to recruit our minds and bodies in order to get a full workout. The Franklin Method is a natural supplement to the Pilates ideology.
Oftentimes, when a new idea hits the health and fitness world, it’s often labeled a competitor. But truth is truth, right? So when we learn something new that echoes the truth we already hold, there’s no need for competition. We can combine the truths and proceed to improve ourselves, using this newfound knowledge. That’s what the Franklin Method does for Pilates.
If you’d like more information about the Franklin Method, contact Jessica, who is a Certified Franklin Method Educator.