You have taken almost every type of class we offer with all our teachers. What do you notice as benefits of taking classes with different teachers? Learning Pilates is like learning a foreign language. It helps to hear it described differently by different speakers. Each teacher brings their own personal verbal cues to class, impressively translating the physical movement into a verbal "image" that I can use. For example there's "The Hundred". I was cruising along thinking "this is pretty easy", but in a recent Arc class, Deb said to keep that belly button still. Keep it still? Mine was pumping up and down like it was on a trampoline. I had read about and received instruction before on "The Hundred", but this simple cue clicked for me. But I couldn't do it! I so appreciated that Deb returned at our next class having thought about how to verbally get through to me and described how to keep those muscles "zipped". It was so helpful. I'm not there yet, but like a language, repeat, repeat, and it will come.
You have also taken some private sessions. How have those helped you? Pilates is hard. Period. And for me, it's hard both physically and mentally. With some exercises, I confess that I just don't get it: how do I get my quads out of the action and get my core working? How do I maintain a neutral spine? How do I engage the underside muscles during side leg work? A private session allows me the luxury to focus on my issues ad nauseum, which out of respect for my classmates, I would never do during class. Sometimes it's hard to make that mind-body connection. Your instructors have worked with me using infinite patience, creativity and energy to help me figure it out.
What would you say is the biggest benefit that you have received from engaging in Pilates regularly? Flexibility. More strength. More body awareness. Overall feeling of well-being. At age 62, I blamed aging for the everyday stiffness I felt and my recurring back pain. Being a stubborn old bird, I have always put the task at hand before my body's well-being, and inevitably injure myself in some way, mostly my back. Then I would mope around because I had hurt myself again. Pilates has corrected me physically and mentally. It has made me realize the importance of taking care of myself. Like Pavlov's dogs, I respond to Pilates' positive reinforcement. Take care of your body and it will reward you. Mind-Body Awareness.I feel GREAT. I LOVE MARLBOROUGH PILATES!