Over two decades of study and exploration have led to the development of this portion of the Pilates by AIM Mat Curriculum. While Joseph Pilates mentioned the concepts of tension and relaxation in his writings, his investigations were left largely unfinished. This is evidenced by the many approaches to his exercises. This course presents information that unites all approaches to the method through a common lens. Participants will come away with a new perspective on how the meaning of “relax” is highly individual, how this relates to the pilates mat repertoire, the difference between “style” and “approach”, and how this new understanding profoundly affects physical development as well as one’s daily endeavors.