Sometimes we forget the basics. We get caught up in the choreography. Where do we point or flex? When do I breathe? Benjamin reminded us to move our bodies and trust it will come together along the way. The body speaks one language and that is of movement. Don't get caught up in the preparation of each exercise when the movement is more meaningful.
|Benjamin with an original copy of "Return to Life" signed by Joe himself.|
Focus on how to create space and support in every exercise. The image of a flat tire vs. one that is brand new and inflated are great examples of poor posture vs. ideal posture. Have your clients do the "wrong" way first than have them feel the correct way.
Prior to this workshop I had a whole process of talking through how when you sit tall your hips, shoulder and ears are stacked up. You feel length reaching up through the crown of your head. Blah, blah, blah. Maybe 25% of them fully understood or could get their body to look tall while seated. Now I simply say, "Deflate your body like a flat tire. Now inflate your body." Poof! Magic. Everyone can understand the universal difference and feel their body being lazy compared to fully active.
Pilates was meant to arouse sluggish blood, work every cell in your body and not be all about having 6-pack abs. There is a deeper meaning in the work. It is truly a mind body experience. One that will transform you from the inside out!