Sunday, 2 October 2011

I Love Pilates... & so might you!

'Of course you do Bev!'

Actually I am surprised  how long it took me to enjoy & value the incredible practise of Pilates.
I have been active all my life, ballet from 3yrs old, gymnastics from 7 yrs, sport aerobic International champion in my 20’s, Gladiator into my 30’s and despite a few injuries stopping me along the way I continue to be active every day.    
My favourite activities are easy to do, things I can do anywhere in the world & all I need is my training shoes, so no matter where my life takes me I can have the freedom to be active.   Because being active helps me feel balanced, centred, happy & healthy
What does exercise,activity & health bring to you?

I love the joys of walking/running in nature, swimming in the ocean and outdoor body weight training – eg push ups, chins, dips, squats etc.  Body weight exercises use many muscles groups, are challenging yet you can see improvements quickly which is motivating & the most important for me is the feeling of being strong in my body. No need for dumbbells, gyms or weights - I ALWAYS have everything I need in me – that’s cool.
So you would think Pilates would be ideal compliment? 
Absolutely, Pilates requires nothing except a mat.  Yet it took me many years to ‘connect’, I tried many classes, it simply didn’t ‘get me’ like other types of acivities.  Eventually.... I was very fortunate to meet a great teacher/mentor who helped me experience the intensity, the concentration, the improved movement & learned the skill – for me it was like re visiting my gymnastic past- Body conditioning & movement at its best! 
So perhaps if you like me, have tried classes & not really enjoyed Pilates please give it another go, try different instructors or styles of Pilates until hopefully you find one that you love or ....then I will accept that Pilates is not for you
After intense training, I am qualified & a true convert of Pilates.  I have had the pleasure of seeing all my client’s movement, posture, confidence & strength improve while reducing joint & back pain.  Pilates is subtle, sophisticated and so effective.
My top tip
Invest in 2 or 3 private sessions,  I appreciate that they can be expensive yet will start you off in such a great way.  There is an awful lot to think about with Pilates & it can be overwhelming so it’s helpful to have one on one attention when you start.  These session  get you moving correctly, take care of any injuries or personal challenges, improve your awareness & confidence so when you join a class you will know how  & what to do from the very  start.
Benefits of Pilates
·         Improve functional movement
·         Increased core stability strength
·         Increase strength
·         Improved flexibility
·         Increase focus & concentration
·         Rehabilitation
·         Well being - complete mind, body & spirit workout
·         Increased circulation
·         Energy levels rise
·         Can reduce stress levels
·         No age limit – Joseph Pilates was still practising until he died 87yrs old
·         Improved Posture

Things to consider

·         Pilates is a brilliant form of strength & conditioning. It isn’t a fat loss exercise so you will still want to do some cardio vascular & food changes if your intention is to lose weight.

·         Suitable for everyone 

Pilates not just a woman thing guys come along to a session & you will find out how challenging, fun & how much you feel better at the end.

·         If you have back problems, injuries please speak to instructor before beginning & importantly invest in one on one session before going into a general class

·         Everybody’s body is different & unique so Pilates can be a great leveller – There’s no competition in Pilates as everyone’s bodies have different challenges in movement, flexibility, strength etc.  Always know if you find ‘x’ exercise hard someone will find your ‘best’ exercise hard.

·         Comfortable clothing is important.  Wear clothes that you can really move freely, remembering that you will have your legs in the air, leaning over etc. 

·         Use thick mat rather than a thin style mat if you are doing Pilates mat class on hard surfaces

·         Arrive on time.  The first 5 minutes are often the most important to ‘set you up’ for a effective class

·         No shoes are required so again please consider your fellow participants J

·         Try Reformer classes, mat class with rollers, magic circles & bands for variety

·         Generally Pilates isn’t recommended during week 8-24 of pregnancy. Please seek professional advise

Call  Bev 0414 415 902 Today for more information on Private Sessions & Workplace Pilates
 Interesting Reading
Return to Life through Contrology (1945) - by Joseph Pilates
Your health (1935) – by Joseph Pilates

Quotes
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness – Joseph Pilates
Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit – Joseph Pilates

'You're only as old as you feel.' The art of Contrology (Pilates) proves that the only real guide to your true age lies not in years or how you THINK you feel but as you ACTUALLY are as infallibly indicated by the degree of natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life." --Jospeh Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology, 1945

1 comment:

  1. Hoping to start a pilates class with you soon Bev. It's great reading about your personal experiences too! Cheers, Sarah

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