Balance A pretty powerful word to me! Balance is another principal of Joseph Pilates. Awareness of my clients muscular imbalances is something I take very seriously, but muscular balance is not the only type of balance that can impact a Pilates session. “When only the body is addressed in both a general conditioning and in rhabilitation, key elements are often ignored. These elements relate to the mental aspect of the work.”–Rael Isacowitz, (founder of BASI Pilates). Creating an awareness of a mind/body connection is what will enhance my clients understanding of their body’s alignment and balance. Cueing,effectively, a client through an exercise such as a roll-up can create an amazing experience once the client “listens” to and “feels” how their muscles move with precision, fluidity and harmony–or the lack of due to muscle gripping. My goal is for my clients to acheive mind/body balance.
As an instructor, I must admit, I suffer from muscular imbalances (more now than ever–certainly not because of age–wink, wink) thanks to overuse injuries from the past and present (cheering, running, group fitness classes for two decades, broken bones, child birth etc). My list of injuries and boo boos seems to get longer from year to year, but I don’t let it stop me or stump me–it only keeps me thinking of how to strategically bring my body back into balance.
As humbling as it is—I feel as though my own imbalances have heightened my awareness of how to properly and effectively address these issues. My personal Pilates training has peeled away many imbalances—even a Piriformis syndrome. I work daily to bring my body back into balance and keep my mind connected to my movements and make sure I “check in” with my own physical needs. Daily practice, I feel, is crucial for an instructor…and finding balance in my own movements and my daily actions is critical to a healthy and happy life.