It’s amazing how time truly flies by. This month marks my 15th anniversary of opening my practice!
I want to thank all my clients, past and present, who have made this possible for me. Without your support and trust in me, this could never have happened.
Thank you for allowing me to help you achieve your goals! Each one of you holds a special place in my heart and even if I have not seen you in a few years, I do remember you and your body part that we treated together.
Thank you for allowing me to help you achieve your goals of a healthy, mobile, active, and independent lifestyle.
Here’s to another 15 years of helping you.
Being body aware is much more than just knowing how your alignment should be. It is also having a full understanding of what it is capable of doing that will keep you injury-free.
As we approach the New Year you begin to think of what changes you want to make in your life to improve your quality of life. Many make the resolution to begin or return to exercise. Exercise could be something you used to always do or trying a form out you have never done before.
Exercise is a great resolution to have. Remember Jack LaLanne? He exercised into his 90’s when he died. I had a great Aunt who had to walk up 4 flights of stairs to get to her apartment. She died at 102. Joseph Pilates, who came up with the Pilates method – he called it “Contrology”- exercised up until he died.
You need to be smart about exercise, though. As we age, our muscles and hormones change. We can’t compare ourselves to 20 something year olds when we are 60 something year olds. So you have to adapt the types of exercise and the mechanics of the exercise.
Saying that if you try a new form of exercise, like running, you need to build up from a foundation. If your goal is to run a marathon and you never ran before, you won’t begin by running 10 miles. Think of it as building the foundation for your house. You don’t start at the roof. You start in the basement and build up.
If you used to dance and decide after 10 years of not dancing you want to return to dance, even if it’s in the same style, you should not go back to a level you left. To go back to that intermediate class just because that was the level of dance you were always in, could not only cause injury but set you back for a long time. Your body has changed and you have not been using it in the same way.
When I returned to dancing more regularly, my mother asked me how it felt to be back in class. I said: “Well I don’t have the flexibility I used to have, my memory is not as good to remember all the steps in the combination, and my balance is off, but other than that, I loved it!”
So I knew I had to start from a more basic class until my body adjusted to the technique, my endurance improved, and felt that I could do what was asked of me- both physically and mentally. Not only would it be no longer frustrating, but I would enjoy so much that I would want to continue.
When I hear about or see people joining exercise classes or dance classes that are above their level, it’s not only frustrating for them because they can’t do what is asked of them or they try to do it and injure themselves. IT’S NOT WORTH IT!
Even the professionals will go back to basic classes to be able to work on their technique, to make their foundation stronger to be able to do more complicated movements.
You need to be realistic with yourself and understand what you can do. If you are sitting out of an exercise class or dance class because your body is unable to do, for example, a plank for 1 minute or peake turns across the dance floor, it is best to attend the beginner or lower level class. Your body is the only one you have and it has to last for the rest of your life. Your body will appreciate it and you won’t be frustrated, but will love what you are doing. As you improve, you will find you are able to advance your level with greater ease. Remember, you have to build that foundation first.
If you aren’t sure what level to go into, start in the beginner class and see how it feels. Talk to your teacher who observes you in class and ask for a recommendation. Better to start safely than to ask your body to do something it is not prepared for and get injured.
That is a great recipe for keeping your resolution to maintain a healthy, active, mobile lifestyle! Think about your goals. What are you trying to accomplish? You don’t need to prove anything to anyone else but create the joy in yourself that you can participate in your activity!
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