I was on a team call one day with some colleagues in my day job and the moment one of them asked me ” How are you Emma ? ” I burst into tears.
You know that feeling when you are holding it all together until someone says “How are you ?”
You start to talk but can’t hide the quiver in your voice and then the tears come and it all comes spilling out.
The anger and frustration at our businesses being forced to close yet again and lost income for the second time this year.
In a well meaning attempt to console me, one of my colleagues reassured me that Christmas is coming and people would be overstuffed with turkey and the like and keen to lose weight/tone up etc in reference to my classes implying I would be busy and make up lost income.
I realised in that moment that my own team at work have no clue what I do. I mean they KNOW I teach Pilates when I am not working with them, but their idea of what that meant was so far out from what I ACTUALLY do.
And then it struck me that many people may have this perception of what Pilates is all about and so I wanted to share a little more about what I actually do when I teach my students.
What I teach is less about calorific burn, or reps, or abs or motivated by guilt because we ate lots of nice food at Christmas .
It is awareness of your body and how it moves, the patterns and habits you have in everyday life which may be causing you pain and discomfort, places that you are holding tension, becoming aware of muscles you didn’t even know you had and what their function is in your everyday life.
How even your eyes affect your movement and tension patterns in the rest of the body.
It is teaching you to move more effectively, rewiring the brain, allowing the nervous system to reset. It is teaching you to feel into your own body. It is teaching you that the tiniest of movements when practiced and repeated can have the biggest impact.
I had a brand new student at 8 am this morning via zoom, having no previous experience of Pilates ( my FAVOURITE people to teach) and one her of her first questions was….
“How may reps do I do of this exercise ?”
My reply was, ” listen to your body, notice when it starts to feel tired, then at that point try just one or two more.”
I don’t care how many reps you do, it might be just one. What I care about is whether you are listening to your own body and tuning into to what it is telling you. You know it better than me.
I can teach you why one part of your body may be compensating for another and how to balance that out. The exercises I teach are nothing to do with gaining a 6 pack and everything to do with moving through life more efficiently, easily in less pain and discomfort and with more awareness.
You may tone up as a result, but this isn’t the goal.
This is what I love about Pilates