Book Club: Centered

Welcome to the third installment of the Book Club!

Today, Holly is discussing “Centered” by Madeline Black.

Don’t be shy. Join in, share your thoughts and suggestions.


Can you tell how much value I got from this book? I completely ran out of sticky tabs.

There was so much useful information in this book that I recommend that every Pilates Teacher have it in their reference library. While there are many ideas that you have likely seen a few places before, they are all compiled nicely into one place with great explanations of the mechanics, the instructions and the rationale as to when and how to use it with clients. However, there are tons of new ideas too.

It really is the most concise reference book I have found for tricks and strategies specifically for Pilates Teachers to assess and improve movement. We really have not had this before in the Pilates industry, and I feel that it is a true indication of the breadth of our work.

I would give you one favorite part but everything is my favorite part. I will say that I love that it gives examples of movements using virtually every piece of Pilates equipment, from the mat to sitting to the Cadillac sling attachment to the toe corrector, it’s all in here.

The only part I didn’t love was the bar codes that link to a Pilates Anytime video link, which would be amazing except that you have to pay to open it. I understand why, of course why buy the book if you can just watch the videos for free, but giving those who purchased the book a promo code to view the videos with their Pilates Anytime membership would be a nice gesture. The pictures in the book are definitely adequate if you have enough previous knowledge to be able to apply the concept properly without a video demonstration.

What did you think? What was your favorite part?

Until next time, keep reading!
Yours truly, ✍

Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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So what’s our next read?
Next, join Holly Wallis in reading “Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology, Second Edition” by Karen Clippinger. See you on May 30 to share my thoughts and to hear yours.

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