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Bodies Mind® Academy


Radically different research is necessary in order to discover and apply the laws of nature assuring man of his birthright to ‘Mental and Physical Balance’. NOT Mind OR Body BUT Mind AND Body!
— Joseph H. Pilates, Your Health, 1934


We’re on a mission…
…to advance the multidisciplinary movement practice professions

The mission began when it became clear how and why the work of Joseph H. Pilates sits at the center of all modern embodiment practices. At Bodies Mind®, pilates practice is primary physical support for all faculties - body, mind, and spirit! This body-mind awareness both grounds and expands our physical potential and possibilities - and because of this, every multidisciplinary professional will benefit from a BMA education.

The spirit of Contrology - the name Joe Pilates gave to his work - is alive and well, in the hearts, bodies, minds, and studios of many committed pilates teachers and enthusiasts. And as the evolution of the method has gone wide, it has also gone deep. The Bodies Mind® Somatic Movement Approach to pilates presents a groundbreaking phenomenological analysis of Contrology, which reveals a definition and common language that distinguishes pilates from other disciplines. We’ve been riding the dynamic wave of transformation for decades and we’re excited about the new shores of collaborative integration that we continue to discover and explore.

If you seek to advance the scope of pilates practice and articulate your teaching approach towards serving a wider, more diverse public, you’re in the right place. Our interactive Online and hands-on Onsite Courses will keep you inspired, confident, and successful. We’ve created The Pilates Thinker Blog to keep your mind moving! Scroll down to join The AIM Conversation and find out everything you want to know about our History, Curriculum, Events, and more. Stay tuned…so much more to come!

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We are proud and happy to present the premier Bodies Mind® Pilates by AIM Online Curriculum.
Finally…a common language for the pilates profession.


Pilates by AIM
Level 1 Online

Current session ends February 17, 2019

50-hr Curriculum
All meetings 9-11am PST
Includes ongoing Online Community Forum

Next session begins April 2019


Focused on teaching excellence, our contribution to pilates professionalization is through Continuing Education. Our somatic movement approach advances the pilates profession beyond current classical and contemporary perspectives that have borrowed concepts from the fields of fitness and physical therapy. It’s time for a common language, specific to the pilates profession. We are now ready to share our pioneering theory on pilates, as well as the framework for communication upon which it was built: AIM - The Amend Integrative Model.

At Bodies Mind®, our conversations:
- support, preserve, and evolve the work of Joseph H. Pilates and its original philosophy for healthy living, happiness, and personal transformation.
- define "pilates" in its most inclusive and fullest scope from a technical vantage point, advancing academic awareness and research through the Pilates by AIM Curriculum.  
- herald the Bodies Mind® Pre-pilates and Somatic Movement Correctives as accessible and effective self-care principles and protocols, which serve to deepen pilates practice
- support and inspire a community of empathetic teachers and lifelong learners committed to all of the above, through affordable Interactive Online and hands-on Onsite education.

We are excited to introduce you to our unprecedented curriculum. Decades of dedicated practice and study have led to discoveries about human movement and consciousness that further articulate the principles of Contrology. Join us as we create conscious collaboration and new research bridging schools of thought, as well as movement and embodiment disciplines.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Carole Amend, Director
Somatic Movement Educator & Pilates Specialist


The Pilates Thinker


We’ll be blogging, sharing info, and starting conversations for networking, study groups, and research projects as we distinguish pilates from other disciplines to advance the pilates profession.


Join The AIM Conversation

We are happy to invite pilates professionals from all lineages and programs, as well as professionals from cooperative disciplines to participate.