LIZZIE FLEENER

I am Lizzie Fleenor, from Jefferson City, Missouri. As a professional, I am Director of Communications of Missouri State Medical Association and Managing Editor, Missouri Medicine. I have a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Since 2007 I have been practicing Pilates, a fitness discipline that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit, and works every muscle attached to the spine. Since 2010, I have been teaching at the Jefferson City YMCA and am a Certified Pilates and Advance Pilates Instructor with over 960 hours of experience, and also certified as a Group Exercise/CPR/AED. I presented a similar Pilates program to medical professionals attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Medical Society Executives in 2014. Always interested and fascinated with the power of the mind, body, and spirit, I consider myself a spiritual seeker, and have embarked on learning more about the field of hypnosis. I am editor of five published books, including “The Science of Near-Death Experiences” and “Chronicles of Hope – The Anquietas, Book I.” I enjoy writing, reading, hiking, camping, running, and sailing.

 

The Mind, Body, and Spirit of Pilates –

Integrating the six principles of Pilates: centering, concentration, control, precision, flow, and breath, with the mind, body, and spirit.

Pilates is fitness discipline that works every muscle attached to spine, and is designed to lengthen and strengthen the entire body, improving flexibility and posture, and enhancing mental awareness. The creator of this discipline, Joseph Pilates, originally called this conscious movement “Contrology”. It was not conceived as a meditative medium, nor as a system of gentle stretches. Contrology was devised to attain mastery over the body – focusing on a long flexible spine and a strong stable center. Pilates integrates six principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, flow, and breath. The most important is breath and its relationship to spirit. As the Latin word for spirit – spiritus – actually means breath, and in Pilates you inspire your spirit with air. When you combine an awareness of breath with an awareness of movement and emotion – it becomes an incredible vehicle that propels you toward a deeper connection with spirit.

Session 1 – Pilates and the Mind Use visualization, cues, and imagination to control movement. Demonstrate and practice specific Pilates positions that illustrate the principles.

Session 2 – Pilates and the Body Use breath, bone, and muscle to flex, lengthen, and strengthen the entire body. Demonstrate and practice specific Pilates positions that illustrate the principles.

Session 3 – Pilates and the Spirit Demonstrate the seven chakras in relation to specific Pilates positions that illustrate the principles.