I have often heard from new clients looking into Pilates that they’re “over” their traditional gym workouts that leave them feeling exhausted and worn out. Many have spent years running to the gym either before or after their work day and instead of finding an uplifting environment where they can renew their energy and vitality, have often found that their gym routine has just added to their stress levels. One more thing to do. One more thing I don’t feel successful at. One more person “yelling” at me. Have you ever felt that way? Then you’re not alone! A regular Pilates practice will help you manage stress better – here’s why.
A common misconception we encounter as Pilates professionals is the definition of what your “core” is. Client often come to us saying they want to strengthen their core as often that is what their doctors or physical therapists have encouraged them to do. However, more often than not, they understand the core as being their “six pack” or their superficial abdominal muscles. These muscles are only a small part of what the actual core is. Read on to find out what your core actually is and how Pilates can help you strengthen it.
Joseph Pilates famously said, “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.”. This is no joke. From my 10+ years experience working with clients from all walks of life, I can honestly say that this statement has proven itself true time and time again even in the case of clients who started their practice coming out of surgery or injury.
There is no magic formula, but here are some key factors that I have found over the years to be a recipe for getting the results you are looking to achieve. The first step from my perspective is understanding what “results” means to you. This word is going to mean very different things to each individual person. Without a consistent practice, you cannot achieve the results you are after. Pilates is a practice. Every session you take layers on the next.
Perhaps it’s time to approach the idea of new year’s resolutions with a new perspective. What are some intentions you’d like to create around your health and well-being as you move into 2021? Sometimes though we need support to turn our intentions into action that can have a real impact on our well-being. It may be time to consider hiring the support of an expert and experienced Pilates instructor who can support and coach you.
Looking back can sometimes be a painful experience. At times it reminds us of experiences and situations we would rather leave buried in our distant memory. However there are times when looking back can be really beneficial. It can remind us of how far we’ve come, what we’ve accomplished, and how much we’ve grown. Where are you today after practicing Pilates consistently with the guidance and support of your experienced and expert instructor? What goals have you reached? What accomplishments have you celebrated?
As this crazy year winds to end, it is time to take stock of how we’ve risen to the countless challenges thrown at us due to the pandemic.
It is also the time to think about what we want 2021 to look like for ourselves. It’s time to re-energize our minds and our bodies to move forward with determination and appreciation for the gift of life we’ve all been given. The question is, “How do I do that?” This blog is for you.
Let’s face it. 2020 has been an incredibly hard year. We have faced all sorts of challenges: job change/loss, isolation, anxiety, fear, schooling changes, financial worries, not to mention the hardest of all, the loss of loved ones – the list seems endless. All of these circumstances have caused unusually high levels of stress to our bodies. Learn why movement is fundamental to helping you cope with stress.
Meet our client Isa Smashey. Isa has been practicing Pilates regularly at Vero Pilates since 2013 and has no intentions of stopping any time soon! Read about how Pilates has helped Isa successfully rehab from several surgeries as well as cope with ongoing arthritis. Isa’s story will inspire you!