Entropy has no place in Pilates
|Dictionary: en·tro·py (ĕn‘trə-pē)|
(Symbol S) For a closed thermodynamic system, a quantitative measure of the amount of thermal energy not available to do work.
- A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.
- A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.
- The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.
- Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.
Here is my quest. (I hope you will join me on the journey):
I recognize that in the transmission of information, a lot of information is lost. Remember the old telephone game? You’d sit around the table with 10 of your little 5-year-old friends at the birthday party and one person would start off with a sentence. Each little 5-year-old would whisper that sentence in to the next person’s ear and pass it around the table. By the time it got back to the first person…the sentence was completely different. Information was lost, changed…this is entropy.
So…we teach Pilates. We pass information from one person to another. We must have the least amount of lost information as possible. We must not lose information or mutate it. We need to have the least amount of entropy as possible.
Why? Because what Joseph Pilates created was ideal. We’re to use and adapt it for the individual in front of us, but it’s his Method that worked. When you start putting your own versions of exercises and orders of exercises in to the workout; when you start to use your less than appropriate apparatus and less than brilliant tools in to the studio, then you lose the integrity of what makes Pilates/Contrology work.
Look…I’m a pretty creative person. I write poetry and essays (and blogs, apparently), I paint on big canvases and small, I play the piano, I design and make jewelry, I make my own clothing (wow…I do a lot) and more…so I’m not saying don’t be creative…just use it appropriately! Be creative in other venues. Be creative with the use of your personality when you teach; with the sound of your voice (but always use Joseph Pilates’ rhythms!), with the metaphors and images you use, but don’t go creating your own exercises and call it “Pilates”. Then that means that you have to make sure that you’re teaching and transmitting the appropriate information with the least amount of entropy!
So, what do you do? You guessed it! You study with the most educated teachers you can. And if you’re the educator…keep studying and stay true.
I got an e-mail from a teacher the other day who wants to study with me. It was lovely. I asked her if she is already trained classically. She didn’t know. That’s a problem. You need to know what it is that you’re teaching. And not just because your teacher told you so, but because you’ve done some searching. You’ve read Joseph Pilates’ books, you’ve seen his film (on video), you’ve spoken to and worked with the most classical teachers who are educated in these ways and directly from Joseph Pilates himself.
Let entropy happen where entropy does:
1 – When you have a glass of ice water in a hot room, the water warms up and the air around it cools down, condensation occurs and beads of water form on the glass. Energy is lost in this seeming transmission of heat. Energy is lost in the energy it takes to heat the water and glass and cool the air and water in the air. Entropy.
2 – The amount of energy Southern California Edison pumps out to light one little light bulb in your house is faaaaaaaaaaaaar more than actually reaches your cute little bedside lamp. The loss of energy in resistance and transmission…entropy.
3 – You are told that you need to show up at 7:30 p.m. sharp, but you were very busy when that information was relayed to you, you show up at 8:30 p.m. and are sure you’re correct. That loss of information (that got you in trouble)…entropy.
Let’s have entropy where entropy belongs. It has no place in Pilates.
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