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This is a recording of a talk given on Zoom by Mary to over 100 Body Control Pilates teachers, two months into the UK's first Covid lockdown. It was a memorable evening drawing on Mary's recollections of her time with Joseph and Clara Pilates and much more. It was also the first time that, at the age of 91, Mary had presented online. Enjoy this unique experience!
Hosted by Leigh Robinson (Group Managing Director, Body Control Pilates)
Mary is a First Generation Pilates Teacher. Her background in Pilates goes back more than 60 years: 6½ years twice a week with Joe and Clara starting in 1959 during the last years of Joe’s teaching. This was followed by 7 years with Bob Seed, 7 years with Romana Kryzanowska, 7 years with Kathy Grant, 5 and 7 years concurrently with Bruce King and Jean Claude West. Since 1995 she has studied with Christine Wright. Most remarkable, for over 50 years Mary has taken a weekly private lesson in Pilates for herself which she regards as “a rare and rewarding accomplishment, achieved out of deep commitment to the transformative power of the Pilates Method.
Mary introduced PILATES PLUS PSYCHE to the Pilates community over 15 years ago, a combination evolving from over 40 years of teaching Pilates and 45 years of practising as a Jungian psychoanalyst. Mary worked each discipline separately for 20 years until “gradually it was impossible as I taught Pilates not to see and address the whole person, both the conscious and the unconscious.”
She began her professional life as a comedienne, performing one to many. Over the years her preference changed to one-to-one, working with the individual. She travels between three US states each week, works 7 days a week and has Pilates studios in Connecticut and Maine and psychoanalytic offices in three states. Mary also travels nationally and internationally giving workshops at Pilates studios and conferences, teaching her own evolving distillation of the Pilates Method and Pilates Plus Psyche.
In her personal life, Mary is an avid nature lover, daily feeding raccoons, deer, wild turkeys, birds, squirrels and whatever else is out there. A marvellous husband, Alec Martin, is the mainstay in keeping it all going smoothly, including making a hand-built sailing ketch.
Views and statements expressed in this recording are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of Pilates UK Ltd (PUKL) and its officers.