When starting something new, especially exercise, there are a lot of questions at the forefront of your mind. No matter the question, it is not silly to ask! Questions help you learn and prepare. If you’ve never heard of Pilates there’s a lot to take in at first. Mat Pilates or Reformer Pilates? Online Pilates or in person? To put your mind at ease and answer some of your questions before taking your first session, read below to learn more about Pilates and to provide insight into your Pilates journey.
Pilates relieves stress. The mindful movement helps calm my overthinking mind and bring me to a better state of relaxation. The ability to do Pilates anywhere- home, in a hotel, studio, online, helps me remain consistent with my practice. It truly is a practice with no stopping point to maintain strength and flexibility just like meditation and mindfulness is a practice.
When things feel out of control the mind gravitates to the negative. A series of ‘What If’s’ consume the brain and the mind needs to fight to find the positives. Focusing on the positive is truly an exercise and is important in your Pilates practice. Joseph Pilates created a series of exercises called Contrology (knownContinue reading “Reform the Mind”
Today’s blog post is brought to you by my husband, Mike. Mike has been with me since the start of my Pilates journey and he’s begun his own journey this year! My wife has proven to be a deep vessel for knowledge and practice of Pilates. I love learning about her personal practice, and the joyContinue reading “Mike’s Pilates Perspective”
I did not see Star Wars until a couple years ago and ended up watching almost all of them. I grew up with a brother who was into Star Wars and had watched the movies and I resisted watching them. But now that I’ve seen the movies there are certain quotes that I can’t resistContinue reading “Be One with the Spring”
If you’ve ever done a classical reformer workout you know you start with footwork. Usually Pilates V, Bird on a Perch, Heels, and Lower Lift. The different foot positions help open your feet, create flexibility, and even prepare you for more difficult exercises. But we can end up doing footwork using our larger more developedContinue reading “Footwork: The Massage for Your Feet”
Have you considered marrying parts of your body with other parts? How do you typically think of your body? Upper, lower, middle, arms, legs, front, back, side? Throughout a Pilates workout we want to move the body in all directions meaning flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and lateral rotation. But to do any of those fourContinue reading “Marrying the Body”
When you did Pilates for the first time did it feel easy or difficult and you thought you might die? Was it mat class or an equipment class? Was it a group class or a private session? Did you come to class thinking you had strong muscle groups as well as some weaker ones? SometimesContinue reading “Pilates is Feeling the Motion”