I was sitting on the toilet of my hospital room with my nurse holding my hand as I whimpered, trying to pee for the first-time post labor. We were chatting about "natural" labor as I was still in shock that I had survived it. She was telling me that from her experience working in the birth center that a successful unmedicated birth comes down to the mama's reasons for wanting to do it. For me, I was fascinated with the physiology of birth and I was terrified of interventions and not being able to feel my body. What I realized in that moment, and what got me through it, was my desire to fully trust my body and my baby. I wanted my daughter (whom I didn't know was a girl at the time) to come into this world with her mama feeling the true strength of her mind and body and her daddy guiding, supporting, and believing.
This month’s focus is inspired by LIFE, both prevailing and impending. I used the term “unprecedented time” a few months ago when describing the beginning of the pandemic and the new challenges we were facing. That term has now taken on a whole new meaning just a few months later with the continued state of the pandemic and all the political and social unrest occurring in our country. One could argue that life is one big transition, but I think it’s a little extra right now. The continual changes and uncertainty can be overwhelming, but if we focus on learning how to transition, we will build better focus and concentration which will allow us to FLO from one ever changing moment to the next with greater ease.
References to the use of hand and foot therapy have been depicted in ancient civilizations throughout history including among early Egyptians, and Chinese.
Modern Reflexology also known as Zone Therapy believes that every part of the body is reflected in over 7000 reflexes or points on our hands and feet and that the body can be divided longitudinally and horizontally.
The muscles of our pelvic floor play a BIG role in our daily life; from breathing, to movement, holding your organs in your body, going to the bathroom, having sex, having babies, and recovery.
Pretty important things I would say! But honestly, how often do we think about these muscles? It would be amazing if they were like the involuntary muscles of your heart that just work without you thinking about them, but they are not! They are voluntary muscles, which means we must think about them to use them and we must condition them to keep them functioning properly.
I am continuously drawn to how everything is connected; in life, in Pilates… everywhere! At the beginning of 2020, I outlined the monthly themes for the year. Some of them automatically had their place, like March MATness and 25 Days of Pilates. For others, I chose them based on different factors such as the season, the placement of the sun, the time of year, etc. Ironically, I chose BALANCE for April. Coincidence?
Joseph Pilates believed that “Practice and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” Often referred to as the 3 P’s of Pilates; Practice, Patience and Persistence are thought to be the three essential elements for creating change.
In the spirit of “the beginning”, we thought it would be appropriate to begin the new year with Centering Body, Mind, and Spirit. Centering is the first of the six Pilates principles and it is the focus point of the Pilates method. Similarly, January is the beginning of a new year, and this year, a new decade! January is often a time of self-reflection and setting new goals and intentions. So, while we are all focusing to work from our center physically, let us also go inward to our “core” to discover where we want life to take us in the new year.