While you will notice minor changes to the warm up routine gradually over time, a steady and predictable warmup is important. Why? Pilates is mind body exercise. We must concentrate, focus and engage our minds as we move our bodies. Yet our minds are often distracted and cluttered. The warm up is very important in setting the body and mind in the best place in order to achieve the concentration, focus and clarity.
When we come into class and stand, sit or lie down in the expected posture for that class, it triggers our body and mind to be ready for the workout ahead to remember what we’ve learned in the past and retrieve it here and now. Our muscles have memory and when we start their work the same way each time, they remember what to do even before you are conscious of it. Have you ever noticed how your mind can be in a hundred different places when you start a Reformer class for example? Your Pilates Teacher directs you to begin your breathing, alignment and footwork. Before you know it you are fully engaged in the workout that has flowed seamlessly from one exercise to the next. You may also noticed that we don’t usually “over haul” an entire workout routine either but rather we make a few slight changes one week at a time until we have a new routine; either more challenging or with a different focus. Again, this is so that you can concentrate and get the most our of every exercise. We want to teach our bodies how to move well even when our minds must be focused on other tasks like work. A steady and regular Pilates routine will significantly help with your mind-body connections!