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Because Joseph Pilates had experience in fitness, it enabled him to develop his work.
He studied various self-improvements systems. He drew from Eastern practices and Zen Buddhism and was inspired by the ancient Greek ideal of man that is developed in body, mind, and spirit. He studied anatomy and developed himself as a bodybuilder, wrestler, gymnast, boxer, skier, and diver.
The dance community depended on the Pilates method of training for the strength and grace it developed in them and its rehabilitative effects.
Dancers and elite athletes kept his work alive. When science caught up with the Pilates exercise principles in the 1980s, it lead to the surge of interest in the Pilates we have today.
Repression in psychological terms is a defence mechanism that involves keeping our feelings, thoughts and urges out of our conscious awareness. Our unacceptable desires are kept away from our consciousness so that we are less anxious.
It is a process by which painful and disturbing thoughts are intentionally hidden, and was first identified by Sigmund Freud. He compared the mind to an iceberg, where only the tip is visible and the major portion is hidden.
The visible aspects of our mind consist of the thoughts, feelings and memories that we are aware of, and are in the conscious mind. The impulses, desires, memories and thoughts below the surface, are out of sight and reside in the unconscious mind.
Repression was a crucial finding for Freud, as the entire concept of psychoanalysis rested on the fact that unconscious and repressed feelings are blocking the mind of the person and leading to psychological distress.
Suppression (often confused with repression) is a type of defence mechanism, where a person consciously tries to forget or not think of certain unwanted impulses or thoughts.
With repression, this activity happens automatically without any conscious effort or intention.
Our Personality, according to Sigmund Freud, has three components:
The ego strives to balance the two aspects of our personality, the hidden desires and the idealistic conscience.
The repressed desires and impulses can simmer inside and come out in the form of dysfunctional behaviour and phobias.
Repressed feelings can also pop up in our dreams, and the specific events that happen in the dream world. Analysing dreams, a speciality of Sigmund Freud, results in a lot of hidden impulses being revealed.
One can also find repressed content in fears, slips of the tongue and feelings towards our loved ones, something known as the Oedipus Complex.
Memories aren’t set in stone like we all believe and can be repressed, suppressed and even falsified. Imagination, dreams and past memory feel similar to the mind.
Memory repression, false memories, and amplified memories (vividly repeating a traumatic experience) can be a result of trauma, leading to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Studies have shown that having breakfast can boost concentration and memory, and it also plays an important part in blood glucose regulation.
But despite the media hype, there’s no clear-cut link, for example, between breakfast and body weight, blood pressure, or cholesterol.
Many juices contain the same amount of sugar as cola, but we don’t realise this.
Go for tea and a piece of fruit, like an orange.
Many of us have tried to fix an ongoing lack of energy. We get more sleep, but then still feel exhausted.
Sleep and rest are not the same thing. We need equal restoration in the key areas of our lives.
Physical rest can be passive or active.
People who let conversations from the day fill their thoughts when they lie down to sleep often suffer from lack of mental rest. Despite sleeping eight hours, they still wake up feeling tired.
Schedule short breaks every two hours throughout your workday. Consider keeping a notepad by the bed to jot down any nagging thoughts that would keep you awake.
Bright lights, computer screens, background noise, and multiple conversations can cause our senses to feel overwhelmed.
This can be countered by closing your eyes for a few minutes in the middle of the day and unplugging from electronics at the end of the day.
This type of rest is essential for anyone who must solve problems or find new ideas.
Creative rest reawakens the wonder inside each of us. Allowing yourself to take in the beauty of the outdoors provides creative rest. Another simple way includes enjoying the arts.
Emotional rest means having the time and space to express your feelings and cut back on people-pleasing. It requires the courage to be authentic.
When we fail to differentiate between relationships that energise us from those that exhaust us, we can suffer from a social rest deficit.
To experience more social rest, connect with positive and supportive people.
This is the ability to connect beyond the physical and mental and feel a deep sense of belonging and love.
To receive this, engage in something larger than yourself. Add prayer, meditation, and community involvement to your daily routine.