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Cornu Tension is real.
Greetings, once again. The subject of this email, "My Last Email" does not refer to the last email I sent, but rather, this is my last email, at least for a while. It might be my last email I ever send, but I hope not.
This is my last email for a while because I can't see the wisdom in spending so much money, month in and month out, to be able to send a barrage of emails without end. Back in the day before emails existed the research showed for a customer to have you come to mind required 4 contacts per year.
Per year, think of that. And now we are able to effortlessly send out 4 emails a week, or a day, or even an hour. How much is too much? And, where does the law of diminishing marginal returns kick in?
So, this is my last email for a while for several reasons. Granted, the expense is a primary concern, but also overexposure. You've seen enough of me lately, haven't you? I've certainly had enough to say. And, what I find curious is how well I've been read by those who are most threatened by what I have to say. Unions and elitists can't believe there's another point of view out there than the one they are promoting. No wonder the standard response to me over the years has been to ignore me, because unable to refute, what else is left?
My last day is Thursday to be able to send out another email. I was all organized to send out one email a day, each making an important point before I stopped sending. Then, this morning I realized that you can take in more than one message in a single email. And I think you enjoy reading my emails if they have more to say than one thing at a time. Let's see where this goes.
First, because it's most important, is to impress upon you how important Cornu tension is to you. All bodies, and I do mean all bodies, literally use Cornu tension to move through space. The human body has evolved into the shape that it's in to move through space, to survive the jungle, to dance upon the stage. What is Cornu tension? It is oppositional rotation between axes. That's a four word definition. Memorize the four word definition and it will give you confidence that you not only understand the meaning, but you will be able to share it with others.
Second, I was going to send out a separate email about the core. Everyone uses the term "core" now without any explicit understanding of what it means. From me to you, are you listening? The core is a grip at the hips! Not metaphorically, not as an image, but as a literal grip, just like the grip your fingers produce when you make a fist. It has to do with control. If you can make a fist you create rotation around an axis--that gives you control. Do you know that the sign language gesture for control is the making of a fist? To get to what is most important for me to share with you, Cornu tension, it is necessary you first come to the realization that the core is a grip at the hips. Once you accept that as fact it opens up your ability to see that the human body has the ability to control rotation at numerous axes in the body, and when those rotational dynamics interact with each other good things happen.
Third on my list of emails to send out was about Pilates having an essence of its own. Third. Not most important to me by a long shot. It doesn't matter if you do Pilates or not, to appreciate that the core is a grip at the hips and that grip is the basis of establishing Cornu tension. What's odd about coming to the experience of Cornu tension is that it's easiest to explain and reach for the feeling of oppositional tension between axes at the ears and shoulders, instead of shoulders to hips. Tension starts from the distal (furthest away) and establishes connection to the proximal (closer to center). Think of it as we grow some spine, develop a grip, and then seek (or find) more control by connecting that dynamic to another. The axes in our body connect to one another to more uniformly distribute the load of our body when we seek to lug it through space, and escape the dinosaur chasing us. But I regress back to Cornu tension instead of making my third point about Pilates having an essence of its own.
Pilates has an essence of its own. Now that's an inconvenient truth for everybody because everybody finds it much more convenient to make Pilates into whatever they want, like putting on make-up, or choosing what clothes to wear. I guess that's human nature. You've heard me go on and on about this and yet it doesn't seem to have made much of an impact so I won't belabor the point. Pilates has an essence of its own and if you plan on surviving as a Pilates instructor in the tsunami of Pilates passion sweeping the globe you better be aware that the high ground of Pilates is found in the original work of Joe and not in anybody that knew him or any lineage that interprets his work.
Fourth, is my reminder that the Michael Miller Pilates Convention is held every year at the exact same time in the exact same place: Summer Solstice at Lost Gulch Overlook just West of Boulder, Colorado USA. Why does that matter to you? Why would you want to come? I come to celebrate the Michael Miller view of Pilates, which is that Joe made a complete statement. His method is the message and no person or body of people will ever overshadow his message. I also come to celebrate my contribution to humanity: Cornu tension. Cornu tension is no small matter and applies to everyone even if they have no interest in Pilates. I also come to meet and share with others who feel the same way. Rarely, does anyone else show up. Some have the passion I do, but cannot make the journey. Last year it was late at night in the middle of thunder and lightning, a good reminder that life is all about survival. This year it is at four in the morning so a good sun rise might be in store. It doesn't really matter. It will always be a convention founded by Michael Miller, me, to allow you to find others who feel the same way that I do. Maybe I will always be the only one, but I doubt it, because the tsunami of Pilates passion will force everyone to higher ground just to survive. The peak of that high ground is Michael Miller Pilates, inconvenient truth or not.
Fifth, and lastly, is to let you know about how you can associate yourself with me and my view. Sure, there's the big step of becoming a licensed affiliate which lets you put an image of Cornu on your web site. But, you can just get a t-shirt as well, or a set of tights, or a coffee mug all at zazzle.com. Just go there and search for Michael Miller Pilates. Buy something; show you know.
So there you have it. One mail instead of five. Maybe there'll be another before Thursday runs out, but if not, I've given you what's most important all in one shot. Easy peasy. I hope you make it to a convention, if not this year whenever you are able or in the neighborhood. The view is special.Geist,
Michael Miller Pilates
MICHAEL MILLER, POB 3606, Boulder, CO 80307-3606
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