First time in my life doing Pilates and I am totally in to it! It is my second month practicing it and loving every part of it.
Today the teacher said ” control your leg, don’t let your leg control you”. Very profound if you think beyond a simple exercise… it is about controlling your body, using your mind and every muscle you have.
I had no idea what strengthen your core meant, until Pilates! Just noticed I have been doing abs the wrong way my whole life, You should not have an arch in your back when doing abs, maybe that’s why I used to have pain in my back. When you strengthen your core you use every muscle from your gluteus and back, deep muscles you usually never exercise, they support your spine and act as a natural corset and that is exactly what I need right now, as I have a very weak lower back because I was rebellious when I was told to seat up straight. Like it or not you will need to start doing pilates exercises so you will not have future “age” 😮 problems.
Doing the roll up I am more conscious of every part of my body, I can feel every vertebra one by one when rolling up and down.
Pilates is certainly a balance between the body and the mind. Your learn to listen your body and get more conscious of every movement and how to control it. As you are totally focused in every movement practically you are doing therapy at the same time, your mind is completely relaxed, free of troubles and day a day issues.
You can start getting your pilates kit here
or a pilates ring, the class I did today 😉