About The Hive
The Pilates Hive in Holland, MI
What’s with the name?
I am a beekeeper. The more I study these fascinating creatures, the more convinced I become that these insects are like us in many ways, completely opposite us in others and there is much we could learn from this superorganism we call a bee hive. One of the more intriguing things I’ve observed is their perfectly built honeycomb.
The honeycomb in a hive is an amazing feat of engineering. This hexagon marvel is incredibly light weight, using the least amount of wax to build, but has the tensile strength ratio of 1 pound of wax holding approximately 22 pounds of honey. Now that’s a strong core!!! This comb will hang suspended in space at times (they don’t always attach it to all 4 sides of the frame), and still remain remarkably stable. One of the terms beekeepers use for the comb is “foundation”, and the human person is built to have the same strong foundation or core. One could even argue that the muscles of our intrinsic core form a 3-dimensional hexagon of sorts. As I work with both bees and humans, I see what happens when that core tensegrity is compromised. I am not fond of the outcome in either species.