WHY The Pilates principle of Relaxation is an essential part of your gorgeous health journey.
This blog will outline why Pilates and relaxation is such an important part of your gorgeous journey. Feeling stressed is normal for most women and caring for yourself can feel alien. Meditating and being mindful is an important part of our lives, you know you SHOULD be doing it, but accessing that moment of restorative health is difficult for you with a busy life. Even the word ‘SHOULD’ has a negative energy, it simply means more things to do.
Pilates offers women like you, the time and the space to relax and connect back to your gorgeous body. Relaxation is essential for your health and Pilates can offer you this with a calming and reflective approach that will renew your energy.
A client recently confided in me that she felt guilty for doing something for herself, it felt wrong. She felt that she had to justify a reason to go out with her girlie friends or spend money on herself. She was bottom of the pile when it came to her to do list.
And yet research shows that when you do take time out for yourself when you relax and shut down a stressful situation and move away you ARE more productive. It is empowering and my client discussed how proud she was of herself when she stepped away from stress and into gentle kindness to herself
From that place of kindness, from that place of soft relaxation comes great intuition and productivity. So do take the time to exercise in a way that you enjoy, exercise for yourself that creates a physical and a mental benefit to you.
How Pilates restored my inner balance and step away from BURN OUT!
I have been teaching Pilates for over 20 years and I’ve seen changes in my own body and mind and more interestingly I have observed the same transformations in my clients. Connecting back to my body is the easiest way for me to forget everything else that going on in my life outside my Pilates zone. The inner calm that is created whilst exercising is transformative to my state of mind and even to my blood pressure.
Back in my 20s and 30s I had one small child, a busy advertising career, a husband, a home, a headache and constant grumps and groans. I was on the road to burn out, who am I kidding, I was burnt out. I did crash and burn. The simplest of thing, the lightest of loads, triggered a huge, emotional outburst and one day I simply walked out of my office and crashed into the local Drs waiting room to get signed off.
I was arguing with my boss, who also happened to be the head of the company (note to self: not a great career move). My husband suggested a career change. I was appalled. I had a company car, a career, a pension. But after a large bottle of wine, I agreed, I couldn’t go on like this. I am not suggesting that you give up your sterling career path and become a Pilates instructor and a Health Coach, but if you did I would be very happy to support you. I am suggesting that you take time out for yourself, for your health and so you can continue to be happy and healthy for a long time yet and achieve all that you are meant to be.
Stress and anxiety affect your health and manifests in your body.
Stress can manifest itself in your body in many ways from headaches, stomach aches, digestive issues, back pain, muscle tension, dizziness, even rashes and skin disorders. Stress compromises your immune system, disrupts your sleep, and creates tension in relationships. Stress leads to weight gain.
Perhaps one of the best things you can do for your health is to manage your stress and anxiety levels.
Pilates can be incredibly powerful in providing a place for the body to relax, rejuvenate and release tension. It also provides a space for the mind to focus on the present moment, leaving worries at the door. The Pilates principle, breath, oxygenates the blood which triggers the brain to calm down. The breath creates a physiological response in the body that naturally decreases your stress and anxiety. Learning to release unnecessary tension in your body will help you to find ease and flow in movement and in the rest of your life.
Pilates can offer you an easy path to relaxation
Looking for a personal state of peace, calm and tranquillity is an important part of your health. Your modern life is busy and chock full of distractions, stresses and chaos. Timeout is imperative to get your thoughts back into perspective.
Inner balance can come from self-improvement techniques like meditation, simplifying or affirmations and yet using a mind-body discipline is a powerful and MORE accessible relaxation tool to help you balance your life. Not everyone can simply switch off the monkey chatter or simply sit still.
Using Pilates as a gateway to further your meditation practice is the simple and easy way forward.
Whilst most customers first approach the Pilates method with a view to:
- achieving a flat tummy: Don’t miss my blog on 5 exercises for a flatter tummy
- easing joint pains
- reducing bodily discomfort
- rehabilitate after a surgery
- improve their athletic performance
It is good to know that Pilates can do all of that and more. The most amazing change occurs when Pilates participants start to appreciate the benefit not only to their bodies but also in their minds, in their emotions and in their lives.
How you can adopt the Pilates Principle of Relaxation into your everyday life
Relaxation is an essential principle of Pilates. Learning to use just the right amount of effort needed for a particular task without developing unnecessary tension is an important Pilates concept.
And yet you often think that working out should require lots of sweat, tension and effort. However, it does not need to be an all-out effort of every muscle with every exercise.
When practising Pilates your body becomes relaxed and your learn to tense only those muscles that you are working. All other muscles remain relaxed. This “selective relaxation” teaches you to use just the amount of effort needed to complete the exercise correctly, no more, no less.
Pilates allows your muscles to move more effectively and to use less energy.
Next time you are sitting at a desk or participating in your favourite exercise notice where your body is tense and ask yourself if you can release even a little of that tension. You may find that your movements become smoother, your frustration level goes down and you can suddenly see a new way to approach the problem. This is relaxation at work!
Pilates is a whole body discipline
Pilates is fundamentally about integration: integrating movement into a flowing whole body experience and integrating the mind and body to create clarity and purpose. This whole body movement is really the crux of mind-body exercise. It is not tuning out while running on the treadmill with your iPod – it is an interactive form of exercise.
By integrating your mind with your body you will rejuvenate your spirit and will be on your way to creating a life of balance.
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