I first became aware of Pilates while I was in the process of looking for a balanced way to stay fit as well as to detach from my crazy life for an hour or two each week. At first Pilates was simply an enjoyable yet increasingly difficult workout that took my mind off my stressful life momentarily. But as I continued I began to find more and more connections within my body. I am amazed by all the things Pilates has given me and I cannot imagine my life without it.
I have developed relationships between all of my muscles so I can utilize the power from one part of my body to strengthen or use another. I have begun to form a connection between my body and my mind so that I am not only exercising physically but also mentally. I have heard certain cues over and over again until my body has connected with what my mind wants it to do. I have also begun to strengthen muscles I didn’t know existed until I wake up in the morning and can feel the work I’ve done. The more I become in tune with my body, the more I am inspired to continue my practice.
These connections have brought me to a place where I am living a life of Pilates. Pilates has changed the way I think and feel not just while working out but on a daily basis as well. The way I engage my core has entered my subconscious. I no longer use my shoulders or my low back as compensation during my everyday life. When I sit at my desk for example, or bend down to open a dresser drawer I am engaging my core.
I can no longer simply watch people walk by me without taking note of how their bodies are compensating and how their lives could be improved with Pilates. I think of this when I see people on the beach or walking in the mall. Pilates has penetrated every aspect of my life. On a conscious level Pilates has created an awareness for movement within me. I am now always conscious of my breathing, what my body is doing, and what muscles I am using. On a subconscious level I have begun to carry myself differently. Pilates has given me much more than physical fitness; I have gained unity of thought, clarity of mind, and confidence in my everyday life.