Turnen men expressing their Physical Culture by doing gymnastics and swinging clubs in a Turnverein gymnasium

One of the most interesting parts of the Physical Culture Movement (learn more about the Movement here) is use of the term ‘Culture’. Using the term seems to expand the movement beyond just moving/strengthening bodies and in to subject areas such as society, customs and the creative arts. The largest cultural influence on the beginnings …read more

An image of child on pommel horse taken from Guts Muths book Gymnastics for Youth

The Physical Culture Movement was a health and fitness movement that began in Europe during the 19th century, spreading to England and the United States it continued till the mid-20th century. The Movement’s ideology was driven by multiple factors and it had an eclectic group of contributors. The Physical Culture Movements legacy can still be …read more

Dr Bess Mensendieck

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Movement Health in ,
dr bess mensendieck teaches women about the bones of the lower limbs

The Physical Culture movement was an exciting time; emerging in Germany, England and the United States during the 19th century and continuing through to the mid-20th century it was a true ‘melting-pot’ of health philosophy. The movement had an eclectic group of contributors and was the foundation for many modern athletic and health science disciplines. …read more

Helping people and doing good…

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Movement Health in ,
Ladies shoulders doing pike on Pilates chair

Late last year I participated in a respectful online professional debate, it’s not something I regularly do, however the topic was one I’m very passionate about. I was engaged with multiple online ‘adversaries’ who seemed very fixed in their position; as I was the only counter-point to the discussion I felt somewhat vulnerable, I also …read more

Male and female doing Pilates exercise, Control Balance

I was reading a news article recently about some emerging science regarding the role inflammation plays in compromising the body’s immune system and how this may affect a person’s experience of depression. Whilst the overlap between the nervous system and immune system is not a new concept in some areas of healthcare, these ideas seem …read more

What is Pilates?

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Movement Health in
Joseph Pilates outside in nature with exercise mat

What is Pilates? A popular belief I encounter fairly regularly regarding this question seems to be; ‘Pilates is that stretchy, core thing’. In an Exercise Physiology/Physical Therapy/Rehab setting Pilates based exercises are often used as an exercise treatment for back injuries. I feel there’s a bit more to Pilates so here goes: Pilates was a …read more

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