But those stories don’t inspire me. You know who inspires me? The people who come into my studio every day. The ones who have to juggle work and family. The ones who have very little free time, yet they allow me and my fellow Pilates teachers the tremendous blessing of allowing us to lead them through a Pilates session. I am inspired by by the people who were scared to step into the studio at first, yet they came anyway because they have a desire to be healthy and to feel good. Even more inspiring to me are the people who are in pain and still come to Pilates.
I am writing this after just having finished another Thrive! class. Thrive! is a new class at Marlborough Pilates Studio Plus. We started it with the intention of helping older adults improve balance and posture, strength and endurance for daily life. Thrive! has morphed a bit. We have some older adults participating, but Thrive! has also attracted people who are in pain. Today’s class had 5 participants. Each one had some level of pain. Someone couldn’t stand for long, someone couldn’t sit for long, someone could lie down comfortably. Someone couldn’t move her neck very well today. Someone had some arm pain. One person is in constant pain all over her body. Yet there we were, doing Pilates and having fun! That inspires me.
It’s great that professional athletes and Hollywood stars practice Pilates. They need Pilates too. Pilates benefits everyone. But let’s not forget that you can practice Pilates and love it no matter what type of body you live in.
I will end my blog today with a quote from Alexander Bohlander, someone I was exposed to via video during my recent Polestar Pilates training.
“If you want to know how her body will look (and feel) in 20 year’s time from now, you will have to observe her intentions, desires and emotions now, because those intentions, desires and emotions will create the body she will have in 20 year’s time.”
What are your intentions today that will influence your future? I hope your intentions include investing in your health and well being through a regular Pilates program. Meet your body where it is today and move it forward into a better tomorrow.