Do you have a Pilates Body?
Do you have a perfect teaser? No? Well, I think you do.
Too often in fitness, we are obsessed with the shapes our bodies are "supposed" to be making. Straighten the legs, lift the spine, move the arms behind us...The problem is, all bodies are shaped differently in the first place. I can flap my wings exactly like a bird and I won't ever lift off the ground.
In yoga, teachers often have their students set an intention before class. This can be a useful practice in Pilates, as well.
The shape you make with your body is not the most important factor for a successful Pilates class; muscle engagement, concentration, breathing, and efficiency are some of the goals worth achieving. Here are some intentions you might set for your Pilates practice in class or at home:
- I am going to keep breathing.
- I will concentrate the muscle I am engaging.
- I will relax my shoulders.
- I will find more oppositional length.
The six original Pilates principles can guide you in making more.
Next time you leave class, ask yourself, did I follow through with my intention? Do I feel balanced and strong? Did I do my best? If so, that's a successful class!
Watch the video below for some useful modifications you can make if you have painful or weak wrists.