I want to help you discover how your body works, and how you can distribute the energies that impact you evenly across your system.
Pilates moves your muscle groups through a full range of motion, which our bodies need in all areas of life. Pilates helps us take on the challenges of life free of pain, with resilience, flexibility, adaptability and strength.
Pilates can help with:
The acknowledged efficacy of the method developed by Joseph Pilates is now scientifically supported by findings from fascia research and the concept of biotensegrity.
Transferring energy through and within our body tissue requires communication from that tissue. This communication takes place via the fascial connective tissue, which surrounds every cell, all our muscles, tendons, ligaments and everything in between.
Through attention to, and awareness of, our internal and external processes, we can influence this system so that faulty movement patterns are eliminated and replaced by efficient new patterns.
The structure of our biotensegrity (tension + integrity) enables a high level of stability, despite our bones being relatively lightweight, as our fascial tissue holds everything together. Ideally, every structure is held in place without overburdening any individual element.
Pain and tension caused by faulty movement patterns can be released when the right space between our bones is created or restored.
Our goal is to be able to face any and all of life’s circumstances with ease, whether it’s a marathon or a day of gardening, a ski race or a family meal, a party or a canoeing holiday.
Music has always been a part of my life. I have had private voice training and completed half of a university degree in singing. I play and have played several different instruments, although admittedly at a basic level.
Working with professional and ambitious amateur musicians is a real pleasure and often a challenge.
My goal when working with musicians is to bring the demands of the instrument/voice into balance with the conditions and adaptation mechanisms of the body in order to allow easy, unhindered performance in the long term without leading to stress responses from the body.
Focus areas include:
Our body is a system that adapts to every challenge it faces. When it comes to playing a musical instrument, this means the body adapts to the requirements of the instrument and the necessary movements. In this respect, playing an instrument should be thought of like playing competitive sports.
As with playing competitive sports, there are more and less helpful ways that our bodies adapt. The latter can lead to long-term problems with pain and other limitations that can have a significant impact on our ability to play.
“I rediscovered Pilates from a fascinating new perspective through the fascial Pilates training. My awareness of my own body also changed significantly. I had the most frequent ‘Aha!’ moments during the personal training with Joachim – moments where I thought, ‘Ok, so that’s what that feels like!’ There were things I had never really been aware of in my body before. Joe’s fine-tuned awareness, intuition and knowledge of the fascial lines means that he is able to continually challenge me afresh and help me to connect better with my body. He has taught me a lot about breathing, opening up the lines of the back, opening up the hips, the connection of the arms, and much more. He also has a very creative way of working with the equipment, and uses images to help improve my movements and posture and reduce tension. Thank you for all your help.”
“Working with Joachim Schultz was particularly special for me because as a singer himself, he was able to understand how professional musicians like me spend hours working on their instruments – in my case, sitting down – and knows the specific problems that come with it. He has an incredible sensitivity for the slightest areas of physical weakness, tension and anomalies, and immediately recognises the impact of those tensions on other parts of the body.”
“My body developed various different strategies to cope with my cerebral limp, many of which used greater mental and muscular exertion to compensate for a lack of motor patterns. Through working with Joachim, I learned to recognise these strategies and find alternatives that require less effort by making use of biomechanical principles. I was particularly impressed by Joachim’s remarkably fast and thorough understanding of my complex and unusual movement patterns.”