My Pilates path began four years ago. After the birth of my last child and being left with hip and back pain. I felt a huge shift in my priorities and found myself wanting to look after not only my family but myself as well. Creating healthy, life long habits became my new goal!
For fear of sounding a little obsessed, Pilates to me is as important as a functional exercise as walking. Pilates is for everyone, all shapes, all sizes, all ages, all abilities. How fantastic is that?
For every bad habit that we have created or let worsen over time Pilates is quite miraculous in reversing (or at the very least alleviating) some of the patterns that we have gotten our selves into.
Personally, I love the Pilates Reformer because it is extremely versatile. There are hundreds of exercises that you can do on the reformer to improve all facets of not only your muscles and joints but your mind as well. There are exercises for poor posture (text neck is real!) spinal alignment, strengthening, balance, flexibility… the list goes on!
Some of the things I like to focus on in my classes, other than strengthening (which is so important) are spinal movement and spinal alignment. Which basically means, being able to move your spine not only forwards (into flexion) but backwards (extension), lateral flexion (bending sideways) and rotation. These types of movements are essential in creating the best posture we can possibly have. I always say to my clients are “Well done, you will not be using a walker when you’re in your 80s and 90s. That will not be us!”.
I sincerely hope that you do come into the beautiful studio. Pilates is a lot of fun, don’t be shy just try! Also bring a loved one, it’s for everyone. You’ll feel better for it.
Angelyn Christiansen: Mat and Studio/ Dip trained through Polestar Pilates.