10 Reasons to Do Pilates

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body” ~Joseph Pilates

 

In honor of Global Pilates Day this year I thought I would share a few of the reasons I think everyone should do Pilates.  I know there are many more, but this is my short list of reasons why Pilates is so life-changing.  Yes,  Life. Changing.

  1. You time– Who doesn’t need an hour of “me time”?!  For an hour the focus is on YOU: your body and your movement.  Since Pilates is fairly detailed, your mind doesn’t have the space to drift off to the grocery list, bills, kids, etc.
  2. Posture– Through the Pilates system, we work all areas of the body, even the ones that might be neglected in daily life.  A big focus is on opening the chest, working the upper back and strengthening the core, which all lead to better posture!
  3. Flexibility-  You do NOT have to be flexible to start Pilates, rather doing Pilates will improve your flexibility.  Through the Pilates exercises you will actively stretch AND strengthen your body at the same time versus focusing on passive stretching.
  4. Core strength- As you might have heard, we do focus a lot on the core in Pilates. The core goes beyond just the abdominals (although you will strengthen them for sure!).  The core includes the abs, hips, and even the shoulder complex as all of these areas help to keep us strong and balanced.
  5. Balance- Improved core strength helps us improve our balance.  We need balance in order to be able to do all of the other things in our lives, whether it is holding a baby and four bags of groceries in the rain, climbing a mountain, skiing, or just walking across uneven terrain.
  6. Breath- We focus a lot on the breath in Pilates.  Breath is imperative for life.  Tight ribs, necks, backs, and jaws can all lead to restricted breathing patterns.  Many of us can optimize our breath for greater lung capacity, improved oxygenation of the blood and healthier tissue.  When we breathe better, we feel better.
  7. Sleep- And when we breathe better and move our bodies during the day, it can help improve sleep at night.
  8. Injury prevention- One of the Pilates principles is to promote uniform development of the body (and mind!). This means that all muscles have both the strength and flexibility needed to create balance in the body.  When there is balance in the body, there is less chance of injury.
  9. Happiness! As you get stronger and more flexible, breathe better, sleep better and give yourself some quality time, an added benefit is HAPPINESS!
  10. Fun- Even when your instructor makes you hold Teaser for what feels like hours, Pilates is generally FUN!  The Pilates system, with the playground-like equipment and 100s of exercises is never boring!

One of my favorite quotes from Mr. Pilates’ book, Return To Life is this:

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

The goal for most of us is to stay healthy so that we can do the things that make us happy.  Why not choose a fitness program that brings about joy and happiness along the way?!

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Beyond TRX

Guest post by IOBT personal trainer, Adam Decker.

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I hadn’t heard of Pilates before 2010 and I honestly hadn’t thought much about fitness in general up to this point.  Sure, I went through several different phases of “cutting weight” and “beefing up” in the gym to get ready for a tour or reality TV gig, but I didn’t do any of it for health purposes.

Flash forward six years…I now have a wife and two kids and a strong practice at InsideOut doing personal training based in the principles of Pilates.  I teach using the TRX®, BOSU and weights, among other things, but my focus is on so much more than just building muscle or losing weight.

My gym days started in 2007 when I was prepping for America’s Got Talent with my a capella band, The Fault Line.  (Aca-awesome, I know….) Before this I never had the urge to lose the “baby fat” as everyone called it.   Now it was just about looking great on TV!  I significantly cut calories, downed protein drinks and was in the gym A LOT.  I felt good about myself for the show, but this just perpetuated an all too common pattern of weight loss and gain, which I had struggled with since my teen years.  And I wasn’t thinking about how I was doing the exercises.  I even got a hernia during this time and have no idea how it happened.  I definitely wasn’t doing any kind of mindful movement.

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After the first phase of my singing career fizzled out, my whole life took an overhaul, including my health and fitness.  I became certified in personal training through The National Academy of Sports Medicine and trained with the amazing folks at IOBT.   I also started really thinking about movement and balance- balance in the body, being able to balance in the most literal sense, and the act of finding balance in life as well.

When I really thought about how and why a movement was performed, things started to come together and stay consistent for me. I became intrigued by the anatomy and physiology of movement and a passion formed in finding healthy movement patterns and creating challenging exercises to promote healthy movement.  I took these ideas to my clients and they started to see results come to life.

I guide people through movement that is physically and intellectually challenging while keeping them safe through detailed cuing- a skill I learned by working at IOBT.  I can’t express how much I have learned and absorbed through daily discussions with the PTs, body workers, and Pilates professionals about healthy movement and the clients that we share.  I feel so lucky to work in a collaborative environment with so many knowledgeable professionals!

My approach is to not to have you stop what you’re doing, rather make what you are doing better and more efficient.  Whether you are a 12 year old in tai kwon do, a healthy and fit 35 year old, an inactive 50 year old, a 70 year old Pilates addict or anyone in between!  I have built a diverse community of clients that challenge me and allow me to grow on a daily basis.  It is not about doing 50-100 reps of an exercise with questionable form, but to do a few high quality reps that will make lasting changes for healthy, functional movement.  That is what keeps me stimulated in the profession: to watch my clients and myself grow, change, progress, and function better in daily life.

Call (919-361-0104) or email (info@insideoutbodytherapies.com) the studio to schedule a personal training session with Adam and check out his full bio here.

 

Healthy Mamas: Postnatal Pilates (Part 6)

Mindfulness is Enlightenment itself. You only need a few seconds to get enlightened. To be aware that you are alive, with a body that is strong enough and healthy enough – that is Enlightenment. Our body is a wonder.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Yesterday was a day full of love…not only was it Valentine’s Day (I actually baked a cake with Z…but that’s another story!), my littlest turned ONE month old, and I returned to the studio (my second home!) for my FIRST postnatal Pilates workout. It was a pretty great day!

I had been patiently waiting to get back in the studio, but was respecting my body and the healing that needed to happen after giving birth.  I am so grateful that I was able to have a peaceful, natural birth, with no complications and am very thankful that I only had a minor split in my abdominals (diastasis recti- a very common issue that happens in pregnant women).  Despite the labor and birth going as smoothly I possible, my body still took time to recover.  Those first couple of weeks were rough! I spent a lot of time resting after giving birth (well, as much as I could with a toddler and newborn!) and began doing abdominal strengthening after two weeks (the Pilates “scoop”, breath work, and small upper ab curls with a very intentional scoop first).

I felt the toll that this second pregnancy took on my body, even more so than the first, and I have been really gentle with myself as I begin the journey to find my new strength.  I will never have the body I had before kids- that would be impossible.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be the same weight or fit into my same clothes, it just means my body is different!  Major changes have happened, but I can still find strength, stability, power, grace, and freedom of movement, just in a new way!  Women’s bodies are AMAZING!  I am in awe of what mine did for me over the past year and I am excited to “Return to Life” as Joseph Pilates would say, through the Pilates system!

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It felt amazing to walk into the quiet studio and lie down on the reformer.  I have missed the sound of the springs, the feel of the foot bar on my feet and the straps in my hands, and the immediate connection to my body and breath that I get from Pilates.   I started on the reformer- it felt great to just be able to lie on my back without getting winded or dizzy!  I found myself getting excited for each exercise…

  • stomach massage- yay!  my belly doesn’t get in the way AS much now!
  • pull straps and T- YES! I can lie on my stomach!
  • elephant- I can feel my deep abs in a safe and strengthening way
  • side splits, Russian splits, front splits kneeling?!- my hips have missed the stretching and strengthening

Like so many things, we gain even more appreciation for something when you step away from it for a while.

I went through a modified Level 3 reformer workout avoiding the more challenging exercises for my outer abdominals such as 100s, teaser, long stretch and short spine. Being completely in tune with myself and my body was like a breath of fresh air- it has been a while since I had the space and time to do that!

Pilates is the perfect system to help heal and retrain the postnatal body.  When the movements are done with integrity and intention, the principles of Pilates promote uniform development of the mind, body, and spirit.

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photo credit: Heba Salama Photography

What is Your “Why”?

One of my favorite New Years Day traditions that my husband and I share is taking down our goal board, reassessing the past year, and looking at the blank slate ahead of us.  And yes, we do have an actual goal board!  It is simple- a small cork board that we pin index cards on and keep in our bedroom.  We don’t really look at it everyday- like most things we see all of the time, it fades into the background, but it does catch my eye at least once a week.

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As we took down the cards with the things we had accomplished, assessed whether we wanted to keep up the ones we didn’t accomplish, and added brand new goals to the board, the word “WHY” started to come up a lot.

Why do we care whether we cook 80% of our meals at home, pay off that credit card, or do the Basic 10 every day?  Some of the answers were obvious, but we decided to go deeper.

Why do we want to be healthy? Why do we want financial freedom?  What will that give us in the long run?

As we came up with our answers, it became more obvious as to WHY we needed to strive toward these fresh new goals on our silly cork board.

So WHY Pilates?

A few months ago I stumbled into a conversation with two clients at the front desk- women in their 40s or 50s. They were explaining to me why they do Pilates: they use Pilates as their extra health insurance policy.  Now that is a great WHY!  If we move now, exercise our bodies and minds, we will hopefully be able to live longer and have better quality of life without having to rely as much on our more costly insurance policies!

One of my clients just turned 70 this week.  In her last lesson before the holiday and my last day with her before going on maternity leave, she wanted to do inversions.  Yes- the advanced exercise where you flip upside down on the bars of the Cadillac.  It wasn’t the first time she had done them, but we both felt like it was appropriate to celebrate this milestone birthday by flipping upside down as if on the monkey bars!

Why do I do Pilates?  Yes, to feel good about how my clothes fit and how I feel in my body, but more importantly…

  • To stay fit and active so I can play with my children for years to come
  • To breathe better and more freely
  • To manage anxiety with the control of my breath and mind
  • To keep my heart active and blood flowing!
  • To live my everyday life injury and pain free
  • To be more mindful and to have a sense of control over my body
  • To live a long and happy life with my physical and mental health in tact

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Oh, and I want to do Inversions on MY 70th birthday!  

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.
~Joseph Pilates
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Healthy Mamas: Prenatal Pilates at 37 Weeks (Part 5)

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We made it!  Full term is considered 37 weeks, and here I am!  I have mixed feelings about being done with this pregnancy: I am ready to feel like myself again, but nostalgic about this likely being my last pregnancy…I can’t wait to meet our baby girl, but would also like to get her birthday a little farther from the holidays!

To be perfectly honest, it has also been a challenging few weeks.  We have been battling one sickness after another in our house which has made everything more difficult, including exercise!  My weekly Pilates lessons have dropped off and I can feel that in my body.  But, I have still been able to do some stretching and movement at the studio and when I can do it, that has felt amazing!

So here it is, Pilates is possible even when VERY pregnant!

Hip strengthening and opening are both a priority as I prep for the labor and delivery process.  The hip muscles also take quite a beating as the pelvic ligaments stretch and feel more lax.  The hip muscles have to do more work to hold everything together!  Therefore, several of my exercises this week revolve around the hips…

As the abdomen gets more and more compressed (baby is now taking up A LOT of space in there!), it becomes even more challenging to get spinal movement.  Kneeling Mermaid on the Low Chair is a wonderful assisted side bend stretch that allows opening of the sides while also working the hips, core and upper body.

The Spine Corrector supports the spine in extension- a position that is tricky to find at this stage of pregnancy!  It is a great place to just breathe, opening the chest and creating more space for the lungs and other organs.  It is also a great place to add some light hand weights for arm circles and other arm motions.

Finally, the Magic Circle Arm Work is a series that can be done throughout pregnancy to help tone the upper body in a standing position.  I had a helper for this one….enjoy some toddler cuteness!

 

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Please feel free to contact me with questions about how to continue your Pilates practice throughout your pregnancy.  Healthy movement IS possible and can help ease some of the discomforts of a rapidly changing body!

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Healthy Mamas: Prenatal Pilates at 32 Weeks (Part 4)

Hellooooo THIRD trimester….and all of the aches and pains that can accompany it!  I am 32 weeks pregnant and am definitely feeling the weight gain and changes going on in my body, but again, Pilates has saved me.  It allows me to continue to move, stretch, work and breathe which are all so important for the mind, body and soul anytime, but especially right now!

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Here are a few changes that one might experience in the third trimester:

  • increased ligament laxity as the body prepares for birth
  • pain accompanying increased laxity!
  • heaviness in the front of the body causing strain and tightness in the upper and lower back
  • difficulty finding a comfortable position
  • fatigue due to changes in sleep as well as increased strain on the body
  • swelling
  • pelvic floor weakening
  • digestive issues and shortness of breath due to increase pressure and decreased space for organs such as the diaphragm, stomach and intestines, due to the ever growing uterus!

Again, the Pilates system is amazing for this stage of pregnancy.  The equipment and springs support the body and provide opportunities for movements that aren’t possible in many other forms of exercise or everyday life!

Click on the red links to view the videos and use the “back” button on your browser to return to the post.  Z only made a couple appearances this time.  Enjoy the soothing sounds of the springs in a quiet studio!

Spinal movement is important for a healthy spine and it just feels SO GOOD!  Cat with the Push Thru Bar is a supportive way to get flexion and extension of the spine while also opening the shoulders and upper back.  I modified it slightly to add more lumbar spine flexion by allowing the hips to sit back toward the heals.  Kneeling Mermaid with the Push Thru Bar is a great side body opener.  It creates more space for the ribs and lungs to allow for improved breathing!  Knee Stretches on the reformer incorporates this increased spinal mobility into a more dynamic exercise, using and supporting the openness in the lungs.  The breath supports the movement and the movement supports the breath!

Tricep Press on the low chair promotes decompression of the spine as well as shoulder and chest opening.  Side Arm Series on the reformer is a challenging set of four exercises (I just showed one of each) that I love doing to improve my upper body strength. It also requires hip opening and core control to be able to stay stable on the moving carriage.

The Ped-o-pull, an often forgotten about piece of equipment, was originally developed by Mr. Pilates for a client who was an Opera singer.  The exercises promote chest opening and increased lung capacity.  It is great for pregnant mamas because the exercises are done in standing and as in most Pilates movement, they promote flexibility AND strength! Another exercise that also shows a powerful combination of flexibility and strength is the Plie Press on Paddle Back on the low chair.  This one makes me feel strong and confident in my changing body!

Two other pieces of often underutilized Pilates equipment are the Foot Corrector and the Ladder Barrel.  The feet are so important in balance and support of the whole body and they certainly take a beating during pregnancy!  The foot corrector is a great way to build strength and support from the bottom UP!  Ballet Stretches on the ladder barrel are a stable supported place to get an amazing stretch through all parts of the legs and hips. The hip muscles have to work extra hard to support the increased weight of the upper body while keeping everything together as the ligaments get more relaxed.  It is important to have strong, open hips toward the end of pregnancy to prepare for the birth process.

See you in a couple of weeks!

~Mischa

Pilates –It’s Not Just For Dancers

**Guest post by Katie Kennedy, PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT**

Pilates –It’s Not Just For Dancers

Historically popular among dancers, Pilates has become a key training component for all athletes, including runners.

When I tell people I’m a Pilates-based physical therapist, their first reaction is often, “Oh…you must work with a lot of dancers.” My response is, “Pilates isn’t just for dancers.”

I work with all types of athletes in their rehabilitation from injury and to help them become stronger in their respective sports. For me personally, I do Pilates for one main reason, which is to be a faster runner. Not only can Pilates training help correct muscle imbalances and prevent injury, but it also helps develop key capacities for better running.

Olympic running coach Jack Daniels states that some of the most important aspects to running are VO2 max (oxygen capacity), and running economy (runner’s movement efficiency). Pilates addresses these areas through controlled breath work.

The very first thing that you learn in Pilates is how to breathe to your fullest capacity. Take a moment and inhale. Where is your breath going? Are you breathing into your throat, middle chest, or all the way down into your low belly? Pilates incorporates a breath that fully utilizes your lungs with every movement. Fewer, more effective breaths during a run means less energy spent on breathing.

Pilates also emphasizes developing a strong core and improving flexibility, coordination, and balance.

Running is a series of single leg bounds. Without proper balance and stability through one’s body, energy can be wasted on unnecessary steps or balance recovery. Core strength gained through Pilates training aids with body control by enhancing transverse abdominal and hip strength for dynamic pelvic stability. With good stability through the pelvis, the hips are allowed to move within their maximum range. Having full hip extension allows a runner to access their glutes for a powerful push off, providing more force production with every foot strike.

Pilates involves smooth, flowing movement. Quality of movement is much more valuable than the quantity of movements. Practitioners develop uniform movement patters and become more aware of their body and where it is in space. These concepts and heightened body awareness can translate to more fluid running form and cadence. Moreover, the flexibility and mobility acquired throughout the whole body can decrease the likelihood that an athlete will get injured, especially common running ailments such as ankle sprains, iliotibial band tightness, or knee pain.

I love Pilates because of the natural benefits it provides—from developing core strength to improving running mechanics. Like running, however, Pilates takes hard work and dedication to become stronger. Whether you’re training for 5Ks or marathons, consider complementing your current training regimen with Pilates to improve your running times!

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Katie, a three time marathon runner, is a Pilates-based Physical Therapist at InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham, North Carolina. She is using Pilates to attempt to better her marathon PR of 3:04 (2015 Boston Marathon) at the upcoming 2016 Boston Marathon.

Call the studio (919-361-0104) to schedule a Pilates-based Physical Therapy evaluation with Katie and visit our website to see her full bio.

Healthy Mamas: Prenatal Pilates at 25 Weeks (Part 3)

I am BACK and a little bigger than I was in the last set of videos!  I am now 25 weeks pregnant with Baby Girl Decker and am feeling good (for the most part!).   I am still loving my time in the studio- both teaching AND doing Pilates.  I have been taking private lessons (with some awesome IOBT teachers!), which has been amazing.  It is so great to see all of the things I still CAN do with my growing and changing body!

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During the second trimester:

  • lying prone (on the belly) is difficult/impossible
  • lying supine (on the back) becomes limited (some doctors will say to avoid it completely- I tend to listen to my body and just change positions when I feel uncomfortable)
  • the joints get more lax (thanks to the hormone, relaxin) making the body less stable
  • the center of gravity is changing every week making balance more challenging
  • weight gain, mainly on the front of the body, puts extra stress on all of the muscles and joints, specifically in the pelvis and back
  • certain movements become more difficult to perform due to all of these limitations

This is QUITE the list of changes and challenges that happen during pregnancy…and it is definitely NOT a complete list!  But the Pilates system and especially the equipment can often provide answers on how to manage many of these changes during exercise.  The versatility of the Pilates system (you can sit, stand, kneel, lie or hang) and the support of the springs allow for complete and varied workouts to be possible!

Click on the red links to view the videos and use the “back” button on your browser to return to the post. Oh… and enjoy the cameos and commentary by my 2 year old.  This wasn’t exactly a “professional” video shoot!

As I mentioned in my last post, strong hips are so important for the pregnant mama.  Since mat and classical reformer footwork are quickly eliminated, Side Lying Footwork on the reformer is an excellent option.  Thanks Samantha Chase for teaching this to me in my last lesson! And as long as your balance is feeling on par, Side Splits are another great option for strengthening the hips.

Opening the chest and strengthening the upper body (in preparation for lots of baby carrying!) are also priorities. Seated Chest Expansion on the reformer, Russian Squats on the Cadillac, and Standing Arm Springs on the Cadillac are great options for attaining both of these goals.

Spinal extension is such a luxury at this point because it is so challenging to find it in everyday life! Swan 1 on Barrel feels amazing and is one of the few places to do swan at this point in the pregnancy. Hanging Down on the Cadillac is one of my favorite exercises, although it does get a bit more challenging each week!

Side bending is another motion that just feels great.  Opening up the sides and the ribs allows for more space for the lungs and organs…all of which get more compressed as the baby grows! I love all of the “Mermaids” on the Low Chair and Cadillac.  Here is Seated Mermaid on the Low Chair.

The Core Align® is a newer piece of equipment designed by a Pilates instructor and Physical Therapist.  It is great during pregnancy because many of the exercises are done in standing. Statue on Wheels is a deceptively challenging exercise that works all of the stabilizing muscles of the spine and core.

And just for fun, Z wanted to do some Pilates with me at the end of our session, so here is Seated Pumping on the Low Chair…with a toddler!

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~Mischa

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Healthy Eating: 10 Spice Vegetable Soup

Guest post by Lorien Armour:

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I just made my first soup EVER and it’s delicious!  I used Oh She Glows’ 10-spice vegetable soup recipe as a guide, but made some substitutions and left out a couple spices because I didn’t have them (and forgot them at the market–oops).  I think the best substitution I did was the using a Japanese sweet potato–it really added a nice sweetness in contrast to the cayenne pepper seasoning.  Also, the cashew “milk” adds a nice creaminess to the veggie broth/tomato base.  And it freezes well!  I can’t wait to make this and other soups all Fall and Winter!

Check out Lorien’s full bio and class schedule on our website!

So much more than an equipment class – Guest post by an IOBT client

Sometimes in the midst of the chaos of everyday life, it is easy to forget WHY we do what we do.  This weekend I was reminded of my “why”…

Here is an email from one of our regular clients who has found Pilates to be an integral part of his workout routine and life in general.  His enthusiasm is contagious.  Enjoy this guest post as this client shares his experience of Pilates.

“Recently, I secured my usual spot in a Saturday morning equipment class.  But something was different about this Saturday from the time I walked through the IOBT front door.  There seemed to be more than the normal good feeling and upbeat atmosphere of people enjoying the experience of improving their health.  You may know or recognize the vibe I am talking about.  I always feel like something changes in me when I pass through the front door at IOBT.  You know you are in a special place.

Upon arriving, I encountered a friend who introduced me to her friend who is training for a 100 mile run (26 hours).  Seriously, a 100 mile run!  Exercising for 26 hours!!  How’s that for morning motivation?  They came excited to stretch.   As I moved from the reception area to the claim my equipment, the previous hours classes were ending.  People were transitioning, cleaning equipment, discussing, sharing, hugs were being exchanged, but most all the people seemed curiously pleased with the past hour’s accomplishment and subsequent result.  I noticed the look on their faces more today.  They had a look about them that said the last hour improved their health and their day.  I was happy for them and now even more ready for my class.  I was ready for the same experience, just in my own way.  The usual Saturday studio buzz was at a heighten level for me this day and I was embracing it even before class got going.  If someone could run for 26 hours, I could work hard for 55 minutes.

I kept to my morning routine of stretching and foam rolling prior to leaving the house even doing one extra roll down just to be sure I was warmed up.  So we got started; and it was as if a perfect storm came together.  My mind was in the right place and my ears were ready to “really” listen to the instruction and my body was ready too.  Something new and different was going on this Saturday in this class.  We were mixing it up and going out of order some and my body was reacting.  It was connecting my mind to the instruction and things were happening – good things.  The idea of using the core to push through or push up reached a new level and took on a meaning.  Every twist, crunch and stretch seemed to engaged a new muscle or tendon that had been resting for days, weeks, months, maybe even years.  Hamstrings and glutes were active, stressed, and reacting in ways they had not before.  My spine was lengthening more and bending further than it had before.  I was feeding off my classmates in new ways.  My facial expressions were telling the story.  I was finding great joy in what might have seemed like painful expressions.  It was more an expression of “where did that come from” or ‘wow does that feel good.”  This is why I love Pilates so much.  It changes you on a class by class basis. There is always more, always another level.   If your mind and ears are ready, your body will react in ways that are remarkable.  I didn’t want it to end.  I wanted another hour.  I wanted the instructor to suggest another move.  No such luck.  Our time was up and I had to be content with looking forward to my next class.

As I left the studio the benefits of the past hours work lingered on most of the day.  Fibers were twitching and muscles were making connections in ways that gave me a an added bounce in my step throughout the day.  I had better posture.  I was more focused, more mindful.  I felt stronger, healthier.  Sleep that night was more sound and restful.  Do you know the feelings?  It was as if my body was saying – “I like it when you take me to that place (IOBT).”  This was my Pilates moment.  I hope you find your moments and experience the joy of this fantastic Pilates lifestyle and special studio called IOBT.”

This is why I practice and teach Pilates and I am so grateful to have an impact on the health and happiness of my clients.  It also makes me appreciate all of the passionate, knowledgeable, and highly qualified practitioners I have the privilege of working with everyday.  Thank you all for being my WHY...~Mischa