Pilates is more than just a workout.
Any person who’s been doing it for at least a
couple of months knows that Pilates doesn’t only support and strengthen your
body but it also clears your mind and gives you energy and inner serenity.
The most amazing part happens when students start seeing changes not only in
their bodies but also in their minds, in their emotions and in their lives altogether.
I've just finished my first Pilates course at ENERGYBODi, and I can hardly wait to carry on.
I've been practicing Ashtanga yoga for years, but was struggling with an injury/poor posture in my shoulders.
A head/whiplash injury several months ago worsened my neck and shoulder problems, and brought me to Pilates to try and take a more active role in my recovery. My pain was much improved after the very first session.
My body feels different in general and I have learned some simple techniques I can continue to practice every day to keep my body relaxed and pain free. I have also been really aware of how rested and rejuvenated I feel after classes.
I love the self massage and mindfulness techniques you include and the music has been really
excellent. This has been so much more than just a physical movement class for me, you have really nurtured my whole self with the lovely safe space you hold and the care you show.
'Heather, you are such an attentive, skillful teacher. Your dedication and passion shines from you, and I am very grateful for your wonderful work! Thank you,''
Most people have no idea how good
their bodies can feel!
So what exactly is Pilates? Well we know what it is not.
In Joesph Pilates own words: “ It is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles.” It is an exercise and breathing regime that “develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
The spine, for Joseph Pilates, was the key to physical fitness – and by extension, emotional and psychological well being. He once famously said: “A man is as young as his spinal column”.
Neutral spine alignment is essential, and Pilates develops the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support your spine in order to promote better posture. “If your spine is stiff at 30 you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.”
For Joseph Pilates, the health of mind and body are inextricably linked. “Physical fitness,” he believed, “is the first requisite of happiness.” This basic principle is the foundation of the Pilates method, which is a program of specific and controlled exercises that stimulate the mind and body.