Pop-up Pilates Tutorial – Poll Results

Thank you to those taking part in the recent poll to determine the topic, day and time of the next Pop-up PILATES X MELISSA Tutorial.

Here are the results (zoom in or click on the image to enlarge)…drum roll, fanfare, ticker tape parade…

A close race but the subject you have chosen for your next Pop-up PILATES X MELISSA Tutorial, the second in the series is how to take care of your neck.  It will take place on a Thursday at 1900.

Based on the poll results, the third Pop-up Pilates Tutorial will be on meditation techniques to relieve stress and aid sleep.

The fourth Pop-up Pilates Tutorial will be on how to improve your balance – a top down, bottom up approach.

In the coming weeks I’ll post the date and details of how to register for the next Pop-up Pilates Tutorial on how to take care of your neck.  Watch this space…or if you prefer, watch this one, a video of Laura Marling doing a tiny home concert with songs from her new record, Songs For Our Daughter…

Seeing and Hearing with your Whole Body

Lockdown can provide time for more mindful pursuits so I thought I’d share a favourite video of mine.  It features choreographer, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s pure dance piece, Rain set to Steve Reich’s minimalistic composition, Music for 18 Musicians.

Rain feels particularly apt for these unprecedented times when we’re being called upon to work together to overcome the threat posed by Covid-19.  Here’s how de Keersmaeker describes her piece…

“In Rain, the company of dancers are a close-knit group of pronounced individuals who, one by one, play a vital role in the whole. Seven women and three men allow themselves to be propelled by an unstoppable joined energy that binds them together. It’s a bustling network in which breath and speed is shared as well as that special comradery that forms when you are beyond fatigue.”

If dance isn’t your thing, I’d highly recommend you just close your eyes and listen to Reich’s music.  I often listen to it while doing Pilates at home. 18 Musicians is a beautiful piece that you experience rather than just hear.  The pulsating tones and repetitive movements seem to enter the body, clearing the mind of its chatter, releasing tension in the body and producing, if not quite a dream-like state then a stillness inside.

Anyway, less blathering from me.  I’ll let the dance and music speak for themselves…

UPDATE – rather unhelpfully, YouTube has removed my favourite video so here is the full performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and a snippet of the dance performance, Rain in a separate video…