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Now that I have graduated from Franklin Method Level III, I have some work ahead of me. Eric Franklin has said that current fitness training does not account for the organs which are part of the tensegrity of the human body. I invite you to ponder some of my thoughts in relationship to teaching Pilates, the Franklin Method or any kind of movement system.

Everyone wants to look good and the muscles that are strong, elastic and toned create that delicious body on the cover of the magazines. In anatomy books there is a focus on the origin, insertion, action, and nerves of the muscles which implies that there is a relationship of muscles and bones.

Where do the organs fit into this picture?

Pilates comes from the center. Where are the organs?

The diaphragm is a muscle separating the upper and lower organs. If the diaphragm moves, what happens to the organs?

If the body requires breath to stay alive and good breathing is diaphragmatic, can the organs be fixed in one place?

If the body bends sideways and the organs do not slide, how can we bend?

Could we train the body to move from the organs?

Do the organs need movement to function at optimal performance?

When doing an assessment for designing a Pilates exercise program for an individual, should posture and organ function be considered?

It is not always the muscles and the bones.

Joe was right. You need to breathe. It comes from the lungs.