Doing what I do, I am extremely fortunate to meet some truly inspiring and exceptional people across all areas of wellbeing, as I love to constantly challenge myself and look at new ways to pamper my body and mind. Personally I believe that it’s always a good idea to try new things as opposed to getting stuck in the same old rut. My latest “new” experience was with Pilates. Being a yoga devotee, Pilates was just one of those things that I never got around to doing. I had heard of the fabulous results that people obtain with regular practice, so thought it was high time that I give it a try. My opportunity arose with an invitation to try out the fab new PE Pilates studio in Potts Point with Pilates Instructor Solveig Walkling.
I had seen the Pilates Reformer machines in gyms before and always wondered how to use them. Yes, they may seem a little daunting at first, but please trust me, with a good instructor they are a brilliant tool to exercise and stretch the body and so much fun! Throughout the class I was loving the opportunity to challenge my body with something new and the days that followed I seriously noticed the difference that the class had on the way my body felt – my limbs felt longer, my core stronger and an overall feeling that I had done a really really good stretching session.
So if you’re interested in strengthening your core, toning your tummy and improving flexibility I can’t recommend Pilates enough. It’s also a lovely way to connect with your body by heightening body awareness. There are Pilates Studios all over the world, so find a reputable one in your local area and treat your body and mind to a stimulating pamper session.
Brief history of Pilates: Pilates is a form of exercise with an objective to tone the muscles of the body, stabilize the core and to improve stability, balance and awareness. It was created in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph Pilates for the purpose of rehabilitation, in particular soldiers returning from war and dancers, to strengthen their bodies and heal their aches and pains. Since the 1920s, the basic principles that Joseph Pilates set down have been preserved, and to this day, even with some modifications, Pilates remains true to its origins.
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